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I Pity Him

Anchor Devotional - 12.18.13


"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these
brothers of mine, you did for me.'"

(MATTHEW 25:40)

Luke 2:4-7

In the beloved Christmas novel by Dickens, Fred could never motivate Scrooge to accept the invitation to join his family for dinner. Year after year he reminded Scrooge that he was a part of the family, whether he wanted to celebrate or not.

If only the innkeeper in Luke’s nativity story could have offered such hospitality as Fred graciously did. Though in Mary and Joseph’s hour of need he was unable to provide a room for them in his inn, he did do something – he gave them a sheltered, safe place to deliver baby Jesus. The innkeeper did what he could under the circumstances.

What you face today may hinder you from helping or contributing as you would really like. However, there is always some way to be a blessing when we look for it. Ask the Lord to show you how you might encourage and share the love of Christ with those in your life. We don’t know if the innkeeper whose rooms were all full had “room in his heart for Jesus,” as the children’s song says. But do you have room in your heart for Him?

Scripture Focus

Luke 2:4-7

Insight

GOD DOES NOT CALL ME TO DO WHAT I CANNOT WITHOUT HIM, BUT HE CALLS ME TO DO WHAT I CAN IN HIS POWER.

Read the Bible

  • Amos 4-6
  • Proverbs 18
  • 1 John 3-4