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Embracing Givenness

Matthew 25:31-46

By Pastor Brian Brinkley, 09.15.19

Matthew 25:31-46

31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. 34 “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. 35 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. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ 37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ 44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ 45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ 46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”

BIG IDEA: We are given to reflect God's incredible love to others so that they can come to know their own identity in Jesus. But, your identity as a child of God is not complete if you don’t fully understand your givenness. Your givenness is there because we might be the only Jesus people ever see.

1. Don’t neglect whom God created you to be.

a. We forget whom God created us to be when someone criticizes us.

b. When we criticize others, we forget that God created them the same way.

c. As the Church, know that our purpose is to be given to others.

2. Don’t let fear paralyze you. 

a. When we compartmentalize ourselves and our worldview, we freeze and potentially miss out on showing someone the only Jesus that they will ever see. 

3. It is in your brokenness that you were made to be given.

a. With discernment comes clarity about the simplicity of the tasks before us and the God-given ability to faithfully fulfill them. 

b. Food, water, clothing, hospitality, companionship, and the most basic of gifts and abilities available to us to live life together. 

NEXT STEP:  What most holds you back from accepting and living into the identity to which God has given you, as His child?  Is anything keeping you from embracing how you are chosen and blessed, broken yet given to love others?

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