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Love God, Love People

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"The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'" - Matthew 25:34-46

There are many reasons to help people in need.  Compassion has many advocates, but for the Christian, none is higher than this: when we love those in need, we are loving Jesus.  The works of mercy are simple deeds.  And yet in these simple deeds we serve Jesus.  While Jesus wants us to be compassionate and caring to all people, this passage is primarily about how we treat those the world seems to think are the least but whom Jesus calls and values as His disciples.  Jesus' promise is that as we care for our brothers and sisters in Christ, no matter their circumstance, we are caring for Him.  As we serve others, it is Christ in us that works to accomplish His purpose in their lives.  It really is simple:  love God and love people.

Who are some of the "least of the these" that you are presently serving?  If there is no one in your life that you are currently helping, ask God to open your eyes to see those in need.

You Can Do Nothing

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"I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." - John 15:5

Agriculturally, fruit is the life of the vine being pressed out through the branches.  For example, what does a grape vine produce?  Grapes.  What does an orange tree produce?  Oranges.  Spiritually speaking, Jesus reminds us that we are branches.  And branches are only responsible to bear the fruit of the vine.  You see, we often try so hard to live our Christian life in an effort to produce fruit for God when all the while Jesus desires to live His life in and through us.  That's fruit:  His life, not our effort.  It's no wonder why He said "for apart from Me you can do nothing."

Have you been trying to live for Jesus, or have you been allowing Jesus to live His life in and through you?

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