Matthew 25:35-36 –‘For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to Me (NASB).
At its first recital in Dublin on April 13, 1742, Handel’s Messiah raised 400 pounds for the poor and freed 142 men from debtor’s prison. Handel personally performed it for charity more than thirty times. It was so popular that women were asked not to wear hoop skirts. This allowed organizers to pack the house effectively!
Reviewers described it in the very words of today’s scripture.
“Messiah has fed the hungry, clothed the naked and fostered the orphan more than any other single musical production. It has done more to convince thousands that there is a God about us than all the theological works ever written.”
Just think of it! The created, Handel, used his God-given gift to create something that displayed His Creator, the Christ.
What about the gifts God has given to us? When we use them do they have the same result? We might want to ask ourselves this question. Do I have a “Handel” on it?
Prayer: Lord, thanks for Your Holy Spirit who revives us when we are weary, and encourages us to walk in a way that leaves a vision of the Christ. Amen
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