Matthew 25:40: “When you do it unto the least of them, you do it unto me.”
Weather permitting, I drive to a local park that has quite a large pond in it for smaller species of fish plus many ducks. Ducks of all colors are a permanent population in the pond, permanent as long as the pond has not frozen over. It is a special day when a few of the grown ducks have six to eight baby ducks swimming right behind her. Just hatched maybe, but somehow they know the art of swimming, and listening/watching Mom’s directives. Mother nature has taken over, and ‘man’s duty’ is simply enjoying the
scene, by watching.
Now and then, maybe one will dive ‘like Mom does’ but the water is too shallow. Then the little one crashes into some unwanted/unneeded muddy bottom.
The other five baby ducks may be giggling? Not sure about that; however, it’s a possibility. When on shore, the mother duck assists that baby in getting rid of the ugly mud and, via the water close by, gets the little one cleaned up again, for a trip back to the other side of the pond (all is well again).
Jesus does the same with his children on earth. In the unwelcomed ‘Adam nature’ that every one is born with (it comes along with birth)—and no one can change that nature’s presence. It is there until it is gone —taken away (all have sinned and come short of the glory of God) by the miraculous work of God’s Holy Spirit (and fire). That process is called: the Baptism of the Spirit. Note: We find that in the Holy Scriptures. Matthew 3:11: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.”
That process may take a few times in a lifetime, as God is his doing his marvelous work in our lives. Keep in mind: “He is the potter, we are the clay.” One of us may communicate via writing down what he anoints us with, others may be called to proclaim his word globally, and others who understand his teachings teach then share it with others. All of mankind the world over
has a gift God needs in his global army, so we all have a chance to do his WILL as he calls us into his service. We must not compare our calling with someone else’s, as all who hear his voice and are obedient are equal to those who appear to have a higher calling. No, all have a high calling when he chooses us to be on his side in this battle against the darkness we wake up to every day. (We must follow his leading.)
by Robert D. Anderson