Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
In these two amazing chapters Jesus shares with his disciples about the end of the temple era and beyond. He explains in several different ways that his disciples need to be ready: “Stand firm to the end”, “keep watch”, “you must be ready” and “after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts.” Then, in case they were wondering, he explains what to do to be ready: “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (gave them something to eat when they were hungry, to drink when they were thirsty, invited them in, clothed them, looked after them when they were sick, visited them when in prison).
What is one key verse?
One key verse is Matt 24:13 “but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
This time when reading these two chapters, mainly because I am reflecting deeply on them to share here, I noticed that God told us there would be a final exam, he told us to be ready for it and he gave us the answers!
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
I now, more than ever, see myself as an agent of change in the world I am alive in. There are people around me who are sick spiritually, who are imprisoned spiritually, who are hungry and thirsty for God and I must act and invite them in.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I will actively look for strangers and invite them in. I will visit the spiritually imprisoned, clothe the spiritually naked, feed the spiritually hungry and thirsty, care for the spiritually sick and keep doing this until I die or Jesus comes back.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I couldn’t help but think of Luke 4:16-21 where he read from Isaiah, “…he anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free…” then the mic drop moment, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Bam!