Devotional Thoughts Based on the Glory to God Hymnal
And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
This text is referenced in two stanzas of Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples. In stanza one we find:
Today we all are called to be disciples of the Lord … to feed the hungry, quench their thirst, make love and peace our aim to serve the poor and homeless first, our ease and comfort last.
Then, in stanza four we read:
May we in service to our God act out the living word, and walk the road the saints have trod till all have seen and heard. As stewards of the earth may we give thanks in one accord to God who calls us all to be disciples of the Lord.
The Glory to God commentator wrote:
This text placing stewardship in the context of faithful witness was written by a retired Presbyterian minister (H. Kenn Carmichael) to be part of the 1986 stewardship campaign titled, ‘Called to Be Disciples.’ The tune name recalls the Sussex village where the arranger first heard the melody.
This hymn stirs us to consider those times when we have extended our hands to help others as well those occasions/opportunities we have passed by. It challenges us to be better stewards and more faithful disciples.
O Lord, we thank You for calling us to be Your disciples. Forgive us when we have not taken the time to help. Enable us to see Your face in the face of others who call out to us for assistance and recognize that we are all part of Your family. In Christ’s name, we pray. Amen.