He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
Somewhere, in those places that still use VHS tapes, there is a video going around about a guy who preached a sermon on Matthew 25. He preached it, not so much because he knew the weight of the text, or had much experience in its content, but because the text spoke to him in a special way.
Ok, it was me.
I don’t even know where that tape would be at this point. And if I thought it was being circulated I would surely try to find it and lock it up. I wrote, and delivered, my first sermon from that Matthew 25 with an abundance of naivete.
I poured everything I knew into that one sermon. Sadly, that only consisted of about 4 pages of double spaced texts in a large font. The delivery of the sermon lasted about 7 minutes, including a long prayer at the beginning.
20+ years later, I have a greater appreciation for not only the text but for those who I’ve seen living out this passage.
They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
I’ve been with ministers in the prison who have served Jesus for decades by visiting the incarcerated.
I’ve learned the power of visiting the sick in the hospital, and at home, in the presence of compassionate people who show great care for those who are hurting.
I’ve been with missionaries as they dug wells for thirsty people in the hardest to reach villages in Africa.
I’ve been with those who rose before the break of dawn to prepare food for the hungry.
And I’ve been with friends who have NEVER met a stranger, who show Christlike love to everyone they meet.
And when there were people who needed clothes, the church filled to the brim with generous donations, of all shapes and sizes.
When we serve out of love, we not only meet the needs, but we delight the Lord!
When you come across the hungry, feed them.
When someone is thirsty, offer them a cool cup of water.
Offer your coat to the cold this winter.
Pay a call on the sick and the homebound. You’ll appreciate those who call on you when you’re down.
Visit, and pray for the prisoner. There are steel bars, and there are spiritual bars. They need prayer for both.
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Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people…