I don’t remember that!

The Doctor's Life Support for 23 March

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’

Matthew 25: 37

One day in India we received a letter. The writer felt we would not know him, although he had been the executive director of a missionary fellowship. But of course we knew him! Three years before my wife and I had had a life changing interview with him, in our car at his mission’s annual prayer conference. He had crammed us into a busy schedule to discuss our ideas for working overseas. We had shared our desires, our failures, and our knock-backs and criticisms, and he had encouraged us, prayed with us and answered our questions honestly. We were elated but he, having faithfully counselled yet another couple, was not to know the impact he was to have on our lives. Later, as a consultant, I told one of my enthusiastic registrars that it does not cost anything to make a person feel like a million dollars. Ten years later and when an up and coming researcher – she reminded me of my words. I had forgotten the incident! The passage in Matthew describes such events. The righteous had no idea they had helped anyone. We can interpret the passage in various ways but, today, let us remember how surprised the righteous were when reminded of their good actions, which they had been doing unconsciously! I suspect heaven will be like that. Having been loved by Christ, we pass his love on indiscriminately, not realising the impact of our actions. They will be evaluated in heaven by the one who judges justly. There will be a celebration and reminder of those rich forgotten moments when we unconsciously showed his love in some tangible way because we were his disciples. So let us, each day, do the good things God has prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2: 10) for thereby we lay the ground for some delightful surprises in heaven.

Written by Alan Gijsbers from Australia

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