Friends in Low Places   Leave a comment

Jesus was giving a lesson on the kingdom of heaven.  He told the disciples that His followers will be welcomed because they fed him when he was hungry, gave him a drink when he was thirsty, invited him in when he was a stranger, clothed him when he was needing clothes, looked after him when he was sick, and visited him when he was in prison.

He went on to describe how the righteous would ask how this was so.  They won’t recall the Lord being any of those situations, let alone helping Him through them.  But Jesus told them that God’s reply would be this, “…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me” (Mt. 25:40, NIV).

We have all had ‘down’ times.  I recently faced one during the recovery process of my 6th knee surgery.  For some reason, I had a bout with depression.  Maybe it was the ‘Type A’ in me that was stuck in a recliner.  I honestly don’t know the cause, but it was quite evident.  I’m sure that you can describe ‘low’ moments in your life too, probably some far worse than my example.

It’s in these low places that we need a friend.  Here is where we need the love of Christ, in tangible fashion.  Think back to your time(s) in low places.  Who was that friend to you?  Who was it that brought the love of Christ to your door and helped you meet your need?  For my recent example, it was the entire congregation of GMBC.  Whoever it was for you, take a moment to thank God for that person right now.  After all, it was He who sent them!

With this in mind, be on the lookout.  There are always people in low places, needing something or someone to lift them up.  Take advantage of the opportunities given by God to help others.  Together, let us be those ‘friends in low places’!

 

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Relationships

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