“God is not unjust;
he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him
as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”
Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
Memory is a blessed gift from the Lord. We use it many times every day. When a friend meets us for coffee we remember their name and use it in conversation. We recall that they had a sick child, so we make inquiry about the little one. So in many ways we use our memories for good.
Our verse today is such a comfort to us when we have issues in life. The passage speaks of God’s memory and how He calls to mind the things we have done for His people. Nothing escapes the careful gaze of our Father in heaven. He takes notes on everything we seek to do for Him and His people.
Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV)
“Then the King will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father;
take your inheritance,
the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me,
I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”
What a comfort to think that although the world has no memory of things we have quietly done for the Lord, He keeps score. He notes it all down and—in the great day of judgment—He shall proclaim all of our efforts to alleviate the suffering of others.
Keep on with your good works done in Jesus’ name. Do not keep score as to what you have done for this person or that. Just continue unnoticed by the world but loved and remembered by your heavenly Father. He shall bless you and strengthen you as you fulfil your calling.
Notice in our verse today that when we do something to encourage and bless a child of God we are doing it to the Lord. Your loving actions toward some needy soul is an act of love and devotion to the Lord Himself. The least of God’s children ministered to by us is an action that delights our heavenly Father.
Spend some time today phoning, emailing, visiting some shut in, a widow, some fatherless child (James 1:27) and you shall be connecting to The Lord Himself. He shall reward your efforts however small, however insignificant. Do it for Him and do not concern yourself with what you will get out of it. Just do it because it needs to be done.
“The King will reply,
‘Truly I tell you,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’”
Matthew 25:40 (NIV)