“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.’ “ vs. 40
On the face of it, living a life that is pleasing to Jesus should be the easiest thing in the world. All we have to do is give food and water to the hungry and the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome strangers, and visit those who are sick or in prison. When we do these things we’re not only showing kindness to the poor and needy, we’re also having close encounters of the best kind with Jesus. The story implies that all of these folks are members of Jesus’ family and in caring for them we are actually loving Jesus. Even though these things require a compassionate heart and force us from our comfort zones, when we actually do reach out to the “least of these” we are blessed in amazing and unexpected ways. The reason is obvious, for in touching such persons we are touching Jesus, and in that moment of caring we are in his holy presence. Jesus’ clarity in describing his desires for his followers can help define priorities for our life together as his people. He’s just not that interested in the intricacies of our liturgies or the close definitions of our creeds. Obviously we will be involved in such things as we make our confessions and participate in worship…but it’s in reaching out to the needy that we receive God’s choicest blessings.
Thought for the Day: How have I experienced blessings in my service?