Matthew 25:43 -I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
Look around. Glimpse. Stare. Watch. What do you see? Every one of those in need is “Jesus” and if we ignore those in need, we are doing the same toward Jesus.
Matthew 25:44– “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?’
Jesus’ words throughout the Bible are always powerful. But these particular passages in Matthew 25:43-45 are immensely moving and overwhelmingly intense. It reaches down to the very core of who we are as Christians. It’s symbolic of who we are and what we stand for. It is a representation of Christ Himself.
Matthew 25:45– “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.’”
Witnessing even “one homeless” person and turning eyes is not charitable in spirit. And some might say, “well it’s only one person” but it is as profound as if it were a thousand. In fact, more so when you think about it.
Of course, we can’t change the world in the same way God can. He is in control of ALL things at ALL times. But He expects us to do something that we can handle. Something that is reasonably within our power of persuasion, and what is directly feasible to our own particular set of circumstances.
What can those things be? – Well for starters, volunteer.
My husband and I volunteer and provide items for a local food pantry for the homeless, and financially needy. It is something we can do to make a small difference in someone’s life. It can offset the burden of a staff member and defray the costs for the town providing for these individuals. In fact, my husband is known as the “Bread Angel” because most people don’t seem to bring bread. I still haven’t figured that out yet why people don’t supply bread. But be that as it may, bread is a scarce thing in a local pantry kitchen, at least by us. But there is an important sign that is emblazoned high up on the kitchen wall that says it all about bread, it reads as follows:
Matthew 4:4 – But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Number two -Offering to buy someone a meal, if you can afford to. Of course, sometimes the individual(s) may be emotionally unstable, and it can be challenging. We’ve encountered a couple of these situations. However, with my background I’m usually able to ascertain quite readily, who we can and cannot approach. So therefore, caution is advised in these cases. In this type of situation, we hand out cards for the local shelters where they can get help. And provide cards for places that accept homeless families.
Number three -Animal shelters need funds to keep their places open to care for God’s creatures. They also need help. Donate a bed, toys, dog food. Blankets. There is a list of things they need. If you call, the staff in the shelters will be more than happy to tell you what they’re in dire need of. All of God’s creatures need love and compassion as well.
There are so many things we can do along the way while here on earth and in these flesh bodies. The main thing is that we try. And when we pray and ask for guidance and His light to shine on where and how we may help, it invariably will happen. Because each of us is unique in what we can accomplish through Christ, we are called for different things. The common thread in plurality is Christ’s love. He will show us what to do, when we really aspire to do something about conditions and issues that surround humanity.
We’ve encountered many people along the way. Precious animals too. God sees them all. Nothing escapes His loving eyes, and it’s all written in His book. Make no mistake about it, one day there will be an accounting for our actions, or lack of actions. We will stand in front of Him. There is no way around it. Christ will judge us every single one of us. And based on our lives we will either be justly rewarded or suffer the consequences thereof. Have you ever thought about which of those will be ascribed to you on judgement day?
Revelation 20:12 -And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Are you ready to stand before the LORD? It’s never too late to begin to live for Christ and accept Him as your Savior. And it’s never too late to make a difference in someone’s life, or your own!
“Father God, May I serve You in all things, today, tomorrow and always, may I be a source of light to those in need, and may I be a voice of reason in a world of insanity, and may I walk in your commandments, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”