by Jayvon Johnson, Staff Writer

I had the privilege of serving at a nursing home this summer, ministering into the hearts of older saints and providing them an outlet to hear from God. It filled my heart with joy and gave me this shock of reality I needed while dueling with several decisions this summer. In Matthew 25 (see below), Jesus is reminding us that He is looking for those who will give from their hearts. He is looking for a chosen people who care to put themselves last and minister into the lives of the less fortunate. He seeks those who are eager to see His will be done on earth, despite our own personal and (most of the time) minor issues we face.

We all find ourselves feeling overwhelmed at times. God gave me a reminder that day during my weary time. He confirmed what He instilled in me. He gave me a reminder that He will always be with me regardless of what it looks like. Our faith is strengthened by our circumstances (or as a Pastor’s Sunday message would state: “God is Able”). Yes, we grow stronger in the Lord and our relationship with Him through the challenges we face. It is easy for us to become distracted by life and its many twists and turns, ups and downs, and occasional bumps and bruises. Our God is one of “Good,” and everything is working together for our good.

He reminded me that He’s building up my strength and faith through my dark times and uncertainty. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” So I’ll push on, rejuvenated, refreshed and refined for what’s next.

“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. For 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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?” – Matthew 25:34-37