Thought for the Week by Martin Beesley

by Struthers Cumbernauld

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'  Matt 25:40

Do you ever get tired of 'self? That whining voice inside that says 'What about me?', 'That's not fair!', 'It's my right!' or 'Why doesn't anyone minister to me?' etc... It's like an old record (shows my age, and yours, if you get it without too much thought!) where the needle gets stuck in a groove and you keep hearing the same thing over and over again - in this case 'me, me, me what about me?'

SELF is the biggest hindrance to Christian maturity, if we do not deal with it we will crawl into heaven wearing nappies!

Anyone serious about following Jesus eventually becomes sick of 'me, me, me.'  It's actually all part of the Plan our heavenly Father has for each one of us that this happens, we just need to recognise it and work with Him.  It took me far too long to realise that I have a part to play in sorting 'me' out, I thought  'If only God could zap me' but He hasn't and He won't because part of maturing is learning to become an overcomer.  We must overcome self if we are to be effective in the Kingdom.  So how?

Here is one way to begin to practically tackle self that came to me fresh when I read the passage below.  It comes from  a surprising and challenging piece of teaching from Jesus.  There is a lot more to this than what I'm sharing here but I think you will discover the 'deeper' aspect if you try the practical stuff.

"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 drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "  Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'  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.'  Matt 25:34-40