Matthew 25:34-40
“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. 35For 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, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Father Identified with His Humanity


Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
When God looks in the face of His humanity, He sees looking back at Him an Image of Himself.  He placed within us His Spirit breath and spirit man that can respond to the Father and be transformed to be like the Father.  In every race, in each sex, in every station of life, there is an image of God.
I guess this is something that I knew before, but it has been more recently quickened within me.  We are always searching for God in us, but do we truly recognize, acknowledge and honor Him in those around us?  We tend to stereotype God that He must look most like us, our ideology, thinking, preferences, may be even our same color or sex.  We have our self created perception of God and that is God to us, but do we really comprehend Him in the rest of humanity.
Several things started really grabbing my attention.  For instance, this scripture in Matthew 25 where God reveals Himself to those at His right hand as being in the ones that were hungry, thirsty, naked and imprisoned.  He reveals a great truth here; one we really need to acknowledge and get a hold of.  He says all these least were brothers of mine and what you did for them, you have done for Me.  Leviticus 19:32 says, “Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord.”  When we show respect and honor for the elderly, we revere God.  Proverbs 19:17 speaks to this as well, “If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD–and he will repay you!”  Ephesians 5:22-30 even alludes to this truth in our marriages.  ” Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body.”  We may forget or not always grasp that the way we treat our marriage partner is our response and way we are treating Christ.
You see God is before us all of the time and we are responding to Him all of the time.  Many times what is coming at us from people is not godlike at all.  It could be anything but godlike.  Is that what dictates our actions and responses?  Are we choosing actions toward others or simply reacting in kind to what we receive from humanity around us.  God always sees more in others and even in you, than you can see.  When we dishonor, reject, revile, condemn and persecute any people groups, gender, religion, age, race or others we can be dishonoring the Father.
Some of you will be asking, “Will what are you saying, are we just suppose to accept everyone, even if they are ungodly and false?  The Love of God meets others where they are at. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)”
Love goes where deception lives and dispels its lies with truth; truth not of the wisdom and intellect of man, but truth personified in sacrificial love.  It is what Christ did for us and it is what He has called us to do for others.  How will we honor the Father in how we treat and interact with others?  2 Corinthians 5:6 says, “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. ”  See others for the sprit potential each one of them have in Christ and no longer after their fleshly weaknesses.  Speak and minister to that potential even if you don’t see Christ.   Let us start seeing humanity around us through His eyes and with His love.  It can radically change and effect the way you see and treat others.   It can change how you view and treat God.

Blessings,
kent

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