Spiritual Practice


Jonathan Nisly & Erynn Motak

As I walked the streets of my town, I saw people lined up, waiting to find warmth and rest in the homeless shelter. I saw street people whose lives were filled with so much pain and sadness. I also saw a wealthy man looking with disgust at someone who was eating out of a dumpster and a woman glaring at a man who had passed out on the sidewalk. These two didn’t seem to realize that people living on the streets are human beings too. Yet, all the people I saw have one thing in common: They are loved equally by the Creator of the world.


In Matthew 25:31–46, Jesus calls us to serve him by caring for “the least of these” who belong to his family.

When Jesus was on earth, he ministered to tax collectors, prostitutes, and lepers. He chastised the well-to-do who looked down on the homeless.

So often we become consumed with who we are and what we have, but God has a bigger purpose for us. We were made to express God’s love and to minister for God right where we are—on the streets of our own town.

—Jonathan Nisly, 14


REFLECT: What we do for other people reflects what we do for Christ. When we treat people like they matter, we show the world that living for Christ matters. Even if our time and money are limited, we can give a glass of water or a simple smile. And little by little, we become closer to Christ, honoring him by giving to others.

—Erynn Motak, 18

—from devozine (July/August 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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