What the Left Hand Is Doing

By Ruth Bell Graham   •   June 6, 2012   •   Topics: ,

“He doesn’t want his right hand to know that his left hand is doing nothing,” a friend said of a stingy relative, wryly reversing Jesus’ advice to not let the left hand know what the right is doing.

Those who have affected my life most deeply for good have seldom, if ever, been aware of the fact. On the other hand, people who think themselves a blessing seldom are.

Jesus told us in Matthew 25 that at the final judgment, He will separate the people one from another, as a shepherd would divide sheep and goats, sending the sheep to the right and the goats to the left.

“Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance,” He will say to the sheep. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, … I was a stranger and you invited me in, … I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:34-36, NIV).

But to the goats He will say the opposite, commanding, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41, NIV). The goats will have ignored His every need, which, He explained, are the needs of the least of His brethren.

Those who minister to His needs are as unaware of their goodness and kindness as those who are indifferent are unaware of their indifference.

Perhaps this is why Jesus warned against giving alms before men. And not letting your right hand know what the left is doing.

Taken by permission from “Legacy of a Pack Rat,” by Ruth Bell Graham, ©1989 The Ruth Graham Literary Trust.

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  1. Elaine says:

    Thank You Lord for this gracious woman who died all to soon, her wisdom has comforted me over and over so many times. I cannot wait to meet her in heaven and thank her for all her insight, poems and love for others!

  2. Roger says:

    I suppose that it is not necessary for me to consider whether I am a blessing, but for me to do the best that I can do to walk as Jesus would have me to walk and reach out and touch those that may have a need that I can touch in the name of Jesus .

  3. nathan says:

    i thank the father i am standing on the word of my father and Jesus christ my Saviour. word.who i trust and belive.

  4. Samuel says:

    Its better to give then to receive and that is so true giving gives you a feeling of spiritual fulfillment while receiving gives you self fullfillment.

  5. William says:

    wow,for the most part,i believe that this statement is true,but their is always an exception to the rule,i think of myself as a true blessing,and believe in my heart that i am.i have gone off track a little.but,for the most part,i am a blessing.

  6. hbcark says:

    Beautiful message from God's Word.But remember: First seek ye the Kingdom of God and the rest will follow —

  7. Ann says:

    This is certainly easy to see happening today, isn't it?

  8. David says:

    Thank you Mrs. Graham for your keen insight…I know we will meet in heaven someday.