The Least of These
Then he will answer them, saying, "Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me." Matthew 25:45
I hear of needs every day – the people of Aleppo, refugees in Europe, sex trafficked young women from southeast Asia, race relations across our country, poor and homeless in our own city, those in need of work, those in need of physical healing or healing in relationships and so many more. There are more “least of these” than we can possibly help. How are we then to live the truth contained in Jesus’ words? I think about this a lot, because Jesus’ words on the surface seem so clear. If Jesus’ words are clear, then why would he ask us to do something that is impossible? I don’t really know the answer to this completely, but as I have thought about this and prayed about this, there are a few principles that I have become convinced of:
. Serving people is at the very heart of God and is therefore non-optional for the Christ follower.
. Whatever group of people that particularly grabs your heart – the poor, refugees, victims of sex trafficking – that passion has likely been placed on your heart by the Holy Spirit and you should respond.
. Our efforts should likely be weighted to those nearest to us. It seems likely that they have been placed there by God and are the ones that God will most hold us accountable for.
As we move into the new year, and are going to be looking more intentionally about moving toward serving, it seems appropriate for us to we reflect on where would have each of us serve.