Several years ago I was struggling about whether I was doing enough for the Kingdom. That morning I asked, “Lord, is there something I am missing? Is there more I can do?”
Before He spoke, I saw this vision: We are walking down a city street. I can smell the fresh bread and pastry from the bakery. The pavement is wet and clean. It is early morning and shop keepers are just opening up.
Jesus says, “Let’s sit here Beloved?”
We take our places on a green bench facing the street. It reminds me of the old bus bench from my high school days.
“What do you see Beloved?”
I see cars passing, and hear people shouting, “Good Morning” to each other. A homeless man is sitting on the sidewalk leaning against a storefront. People rush past him without a glance his way. I see the lady from the bookstore come out to water her hanging basket of flowers. She picks one of the flowers and hands it to the homeless man. I can’t hear their conversation but a smile warms his face as he caresses the blossom. The woman returns with a cup of fresh coffee for him.
“It’s the little things Beloved. The little things change hearts and lift spirits. It doesn’t take a big bank account, it just takes a big heart, willing to see and stop and bless. Look for the little opportunities. Smiles, hugs, a kind word, a prayer, a pen, a piece of paper–show My love today. All ministry begins with love.”
Matthew 10:42 “And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”
Matthew 25:31-40. “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.’”
In this world of frantic rushing and endless lists of things to do, let’s ask Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the needs of those around us. Let’s be willing to stop and bless as He leads. It may only take a smile to change a heart today.