Wednesday Word 6.14.2017

Matthew 25:34-40

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Who is the “least of these?” I think it is every one of us. At some point in the life of every human being, there is need.  Sometimes the need is great and prolonged.  Sometimes it is a momentary phase.  Nevertheless, being in a bad way comes to us all.

I am often overwhelmed by the need I see around me.  My heart goes out in these situations almost every time I turn around.  We are not all in the position to care for every poor soul we encounter.  But, is that true?  What I can give without measure and without reserve, is kindness.  I can treat people in whatever circumstance with respect.  I can acknowledge them as a child of God and grant them the dignity that deserves.  I can give aid whenever and wherever I can.  But, I am called by Jesus Christ to try.  To love one another and to value the other person as we would someone near and dear to us, as our very selves, is not a casual suggestion.  Jesus calls it the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-49), second only to our relationship with God.  I am bound to try by my love for Jesus!

We must do all that we can.  Jesus will be the judge if our efforts were sufficient…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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