A sister shared with me just the other day that opportunities for us to minister to the poor and for us to help others (in all sorts of ways) open for us as we simply open our hearts to God to be used in such ways. I agree. I also believe that it is important for all of us to be used by God in such ways, because, quite simply, it makes us more like Jesus. This is why I have said recently that God’s “Sons” (in the making) need to now start walking as “Sons.” This is because a real important part of “Sonship” training is in the actual experience of sacrificially giving out of ourselves for other people.
Now, I know that some people want to think that I’ve been given a particular burden for the needy and the lost and the poor of this world because I’m somehow “chosen” for this sort of ministry. But I’ve got to tell you, beloved, I do not have a burden for the poor and the needy and the lost because this is a particular “ministry” that I am especially called to. No. I have a burden for such people because I’m a Christian. If ALL Christians were and are not called to minister to the needy and the poor of this world in some capacity, then Jesus could not possibly be justified in His blanket indictment of all those who fail to do so (Matthew 25).
With this in mind, we should all take inventory of the things that we have been given by God (both materially and spiritually) and then look to see just how much of it is being used for God’s glory in ministry to the poor and the lost and the needy of this world. I tell you, my friends, it is surely no coincidence that the parable of the talents in Matthew 25 be directly joined to Jesus’ indictment in that very same chapter which says, “Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.”