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A Helping Hand

Novermber 6th daily blog devotional by Keith Wayne Edwards


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“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’


Back in the year 2000 my wife and I were in full-time ministry. We worked for a ministry with troubled teens, and was also Small group pastors for a large church in Nashville Tennessee. The church had a ministry for feeding the poor called room at the Inn, and we got involved with them. We would feed them, minister to them, and then lead them to the showers the church had specifically for them. There was this guy that I got assigned to who had MS and had trouble moving around, so I lead him down to the shower and waited outside the door. As I was waiting I began to pray, "Lord, show me your will and what you've really called me to do." I was young and God was still training me in my calling. As I stood there praying in my own little world, I heard the guy I led to the shower moaning in pain. I peeked in and asked him if he was ok, and see that he was having trouble putting his socks on because of the pain in his hands. I immediately ran over to him and began to help him. As I pulled one of his socks up over his ankle I heard the voice of God say to me, "Son, you've done it to the least of these you've done it unto me!" A huge chill ran down my body as I began to shed some tears. I helped him with his other sock and lead him back to the kitchen for more ministry. My friend, ministry is all around. Jesus' heart for us is to reach out to those in prison, visit the sick, reach out to the poor and hurting, and help those in need. The greatest joy and feeling of the closeness of God through many years of ministry was when I fed one that was hungry. It was when I reached out to someone who was hurting or in need, or lead one to the saving grace of God through Christ Jesus. I want to encourage you today to find that one you can minister to every day and watch the Holy Spirit move upon you. We pray so many times, "Lord if I can only feel your spirit." It's what the world sees as unimportant or insignificant that usually is the opposite of the kingdom of God. God's heart is for us to win souls for Him, and it is also to reach out to the widows, those in need, orphans, missionaries, and the poor. Let's ask God to give us more of a desire for these things. It may be speaking to thousands of people, building churches in the mission field, or it could be helping someone who has MS put his socks on.


Prayer:

Lord, help us to reach out to the hurting and poor. Give us more of a desire to do what you called us to do, and let us see that ministry is all around us if we just look around.

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