How did you treat God today?
Read Matthew 25:31-45
"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:
32 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:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
You know, there is literally no way that we can "treat" God . . . well or poorly. There is nothing that we can do to help him or hurt him. He includes us in his plans, and uses us as he will . . . but we really have nothing that we can give him except ourselves and our obedience - and Paul just calls that "our reasonable service." (Romans 12:1-2).
So, Jesus has told us that God has decided to take into account how we TREAT OTHERS . . . and apply it to our account of how we treat HIM!
When you fed a hungry person . . . God says, "That was delicious!!"
When you give a thirsty person a drink of water . . . God says, "My, that was cool and refreshing!"
When you are angry at someone, and destroy your friendship with them . . . God says, "Let's make up."
Do your feed and water God on a regular basis? Do you clothe him? Do you encourage him, do you forgive him, do you strengthen and comfort him?
Have you ever lied to God? Have you ever stolen from him? Have you ever gossiped about him, or criticized him, or condemned him? Have you ever hated him or despised him?
"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
So, how did you treat God today?
Did you thank him for washing your clothes, or cooking and serving your meal? Did you tell him that you appreciate him?
Have you ever struck or hit God? Have you ever kicked him, resented him, ignored him, or neglected him?
My dear departed friend Jack Freeman used to say on so many occasions in many of his sermons, "If you are on the outs with man . . . you are on the outs with God!" You know what that means . . . don't act like you don't.
Sometimes Christians treat God the worst, and they do it in a religious and spiritual mode, shape, or form.
Look at this from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount: Matthew 5:23-24
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
There are Christians in the world every day who are religiously bringing their gifts to the altar --- they are preaching their sermons, teaching their lessons, singing their songs, and promoting their ministries . . . but they are on the "outs" with their wife, their husband, their son, their daughter, their friend, their neighbor, their companion, their partner.
They may not know it --- but God says, "The way you are treating them --- I'm taking it personally as if you were treating ME that way! As a matter of fact --- that is how it is going in the books."
So, how did you treat God today?