When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 "Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." Matthew 25:31-46 (NIV)
A cup of cold water
Given in Jesus name
Can save a life today
It can heal the lame
He gave His life for you
So that you could be set free
Through a cup of cold water
Given in Jesus name
Are you thirsty and dry my friend?
Are you lonely and tired?
Your heart bleeds inside
And you’ve come to your end
I have the answer for you
Just believe and you’ll see
Christ is the answer
Only He sets you free
I wrote that song in 1986. The night before I had gone for the first time into a maximum security prison and witnessed to and spoke to some of the prisoners. My heart bled for them. Many realized how the crimes they committed had affected so many and that they couldn’t go back and change things. They realized they were there because of the consequences of their sins. But many of them had also found Christ and had such joy that it would put many of us believers to shame.
People today are looking for hope and this world offers little. Most of what it has to offer leaves you empty and wanting more. There is nothing that quenches a thirsty soul like Jesus can.
Pastor Paul’s sister inspires me. Here is a woman who has only recently found Christ and has a back so bad that the doctors have told her that she should be in bed and yet as soon as the call went out for help concerning the devastation of Katrina she didn’t hesitate to volunteer. She has been working in a shelter in Baton Rouge taking care of 850 refugees. She is the only nurse for all of those people. Her and her husband have also taken many other refuges into their home. She has been willing to give up her comfort so that others could have hope. Last week at that shelter there was a church service and 90% of the people came to Christ. I believe part the reason was because of her willingness to lay down her life and give up her comfort that many of these people accepted Christ into their lives.
Most Christians are just satisfied to sit in their pews Sunday after Sunday and do nothing. They complain and gripe about how bad things are getting and yet do nothing to help. They leave it to the other 5% percent who actually do something. Could you imagine what it would be like if every believer did what Christ has asked them to do? There would be no stopping the church. Instead we find excuses as to why we can’t help and people are going to hell because we can’t give a couple of hours a week to things like visitation, providing food for the poor or street ministry. No we are too comfortable. Jesus said He would spew the lukewarm out of His mouth but most of us are not even that. We are cold!
Church, the time has come to stand up. We are now closer to Christ’s return than ever before. Find out what you can do. Ask God, ask your pastor. Get busy. There are so many areas that need help I couldn’t possible mention them all here. It’s time for the church to rise up and be all that she is supposed to be and give that cup of cold water today to a dying and thirsty world.
"Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Matthew 25:40 (NKJV)
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