Original Christianity Before Organized Religion

MATTHEW 25

Probably one of the most misunderstood and ignored chapters in the Bible, the latter part of this scripture clearly addresses the question of "What should I be doing in my life as a Christian?" Taught directly by Jesus, this chapter covers a number of theological issues pertaining to the Kingdom of God. It then goes on to give us a direct, concise answer to what a Christian's life should include. There are four basic sections to this chapter, which Christ taught to His disciples, not to the masses (therefore it was not an allegory or parable).

Dr. Martin has written extensively on the first "Ten Virgins" section in Matthew 25:1-13, involving Jesus' return.

The next section is on the subject of 'talents' and 'positions' within the Kingdom of God and are described in Matthew 25:14-30.

The last section, Matthew 25:41-46, deals with Christ's judgments on nations - and their eventual correction.

But right before that, in Matthew 25:3140, we find Christ's admonition for us (individually) today. From Dr. Martin's article on tithing:

In summing up this chapter on giving monies to Christ for the spreading of the Gospel to the world (that all of us should be active in doing), I wish to give a final method by which anyone can be assured that what money or contribution is given goes directly to Christ. This is a sure way that no one who loves the New Testament teaching can argue with. The teaching comes from Christ himself. Christ told people this certain way to give things directly to Him,

"When the son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats ... then shall the King say unto them on the right hand, Come, ye blessed of my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked and ye clothed me: I was in prison and ye came unto me."

Matthew 25:3140

Christ went on to say that the righteous might be puzzled over this, because none of them ever gave Christ these things personally. But Christ went on to say: If you have "done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, YE HAVE DONE IT UNTO ME" (Matthew 25:40).

There we have it! This is the assured manner to give something to Christ. If you help out the unfortunate brother in Christ, you have given something directly to Christ. "Ye have done it unto me."

What is significant about Jesus' description is the fact that none of these categories are ones that the average person would normally come in contact with in his or her daily life. Since these people are out of sight, they are also out of mind. That is why Jesus is reminding us that there are people suffering, even though we don't see or think about them in our daily routine. But they are in need of our help just the same. And it obviously takes some time, effort and expense to find them and do what we can for them. But the rewards will bring us true happiness - and a fulfillment of Jesus' command. And, does Jesus' directive also factor into our acceptance into the Kingdom of God?

Most local communities have many worthwhile organizations that one could volunteer for. One could also help out on a one-to-one basis with those you might happen to come in contact with on a personal basis. It should involve a certain amount of your time and effort, not just writing a check to someone to get your obligation "out of the way".

It should be noted that most of us live in what is termed a "welfare state" and we often think that everyone is already being taken care of; even to the point of those of us who do work being resentful of those who don't. But the fact is that despite the enormous handouts our government provides (justified or not), there are still many people that fall through the cracks in many different areas of need. To say that one doesn't need to be involved with helping others in this day and age is a grave mistake.

Below are some links that we have come across that would appear to be worthwhile causes. Please let us know if you find any others that also might be appropriate. Here are some more "giving" scriptures; James 2:14-19 and 1 Timothy 6:18.

Don't Have the Time - Don't Have the Money?

Why not improve your lot in life - just to help others? It can be done. Just go to our Self-Improvement section and click on the appropriate links. What you earn in a year could be what you earn in a month. How far would that go to fulfilling Matthew 25:3140?

Be A Light to the World

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16

10 Gulf Humanitarian Aid and Self-help Projects

American Decline - Disturbing realities.

American Friends Service Committee

Amnesty International

Blessed Are The Peacemakers - Charity in Mexico.

Cambodian Children's Fund - Scott Neeson, former Hollywood executive.

Christian Charities

Christian Peacekeepers

ChristianVolunteering.org

Dream Center - Helping thousands of people in Los Angeles.

Frugal Billionaire Plans to Give it All Away

Haitian Missions - Many to choose from.

How to Help People - The Health Ranger way. Part 2 is here.

Hollywood to Cambodia - And what is our excuse?

InAsMuch

Kairos Prison Ministry

Matthew 25 Ministries

Mercy Corps

Missionary Flights International - Airlift help to Haiti.

MyCharityWater.org - Start your own charity by bringing clean water to people.

Passion 4 Kids - Run by friends of ours. A very worthwhile cause.

Phantom Souls - Our forgotten prison population.

Prisoners.com

Prison Fellowship International

Red Cross Fraud

Salvation Army

Volunteering Improves Health

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