Then the king will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25:40 NLT
Yesterday we decided to make a home office out of our extra bedroom. The task was much greater than we had anticipated. As we were placing things and stuff in the donation bags, I began to pray a prayer of repentance. My prayer was for forgiveness of accumulating much more than I ever needed. When I asked myself why, I could not provide a truthful or rational answer; even so, I acknowledged the problem and immediately began to declutter and destash.
One of the decisions that we made was to donate to faith-based organizations that give to individuals based on their financial predicaments as opposed to the mainstream or popular thrift stores. Some items we are selling and are utilizing FB groups that focus on selling items for very low-cheap prices.
This is where the heart-wrenching part of our first selling experience begins. The post included our desire to sell a queen size bed with 2 sheet sets and a comforter set for under $50 to a family in need. The responses were overwhelming; at this point, I asked God to reveal to us who had the greatest need.
God always answers prayers!
There was a Mother who was open and honest by revealing the most personal details of her daughter’s decision to leave a bad relationship which left she and her young child sleeping on the floor. Let’s reflect on this information: It is a humbling and embarrassing experience to tell your intimate details to a stranger and to acknowledge that financially you do not have the money to help your child and grandchild with the basic of physical needs.
God allowed many things to be revealed to me through this experience. There is a great need in our society among individuals who are economically disadvantaged. It is not easy to obtain one of the most essential items, a bed to sleep on, due to many factors; however, the major obstacle of not having a vehicle to pick up furniture leaves many families sleeping on the floor.
As a Believer, I have the responsibility to faithfully serve others with the greatest compassion, and to utilize the resources of monetary overabundance along with my time to help those in need. My eyes are open and I will continue to be faithful as long as I have breath in my body to give of my time and resources to those in need.
My prayer is that my husband and I were a reflection of Christ in our face-to-face interaction with the family that we met yesterday.
And he will answer, “I tell you the truth, when you refuse to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you are refusing to help me.” Matthew 25:45 NLT
Bible Reading for today: Matthew 25
Prayer for today: Dear God, There are many individuals who do not have the basic necessities in life. Please give us the desire to fulfill our role as servants, to possess greater love and compassion, and to reflect you as we give of ourselves. We thank you for your bountiful blessings, your grace and your mercies. We ask this prayer in the worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
©Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019