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Long Spoons

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Do you notice the needs of those around you? Purpose yourself to walk with "long spoons," ready to feed others and put yourself last.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, (Matthew 25:35 ESV)

There is an allegory telling the story of people in hell being placed in front of a feast, and given cutlery so long they couldn’t get any food into their own mouths. They were tortured by hunger amongst food. Meanwhile, the conditions were the same in heaven but with hearts that were pure, the people quickly and naturally used the long spoons to feed the empty mouths around them and it was reciprocated back so no one went hungry.

While this of course is not a biblically sound doctrine, it does wonderfully reflect how we are to interact as Christians. Oh how I love to read the book of Acts and observe how the original church functioned and interacted. It’s convicting to think about how off track most of our fellowships have gotten.

As busy as we all are, I think our defaults are set on survival most days – just getting through all the responsibilities set before us. We pass by strangers and even friends as we are too rushed to stop and connect. Or, we struggle to keep our eyes up as we are too busy looking down at our phones as we make our way through malls, offices and even between our kitchen and living room. Do I hear a collective ouch? I’m so guilty!

Let’s purpose today to walk with long spoons, ready to feed others and put ourselves last.

Father, we thank You that you give us all we need. Forgive us for being short-sighted and not seeing the needs around us. Fill us sweet Spirit that we would naturally love others and be Your hand extended here on earth. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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