9.18.2009

caffeinated randomness: The Least of These

"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, 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."
Matthew 25:35 -36

As followers of Christ we have a calling to serve. Every single one of us is called to serve in some capacity regardless of our different gifts. Jesus was the ultimate servant and he tried many times and in different ways to explain this to his disciples. There is a beautiful example of this in John 13 where Jesus is washing his disciples feet. We are here on this earth to serve each other. Jesus said "you should also wash one another's feet." John 13:14 But are we doing that?
Reading the verses in Matthew 25 caused me to reflect on my own life. When my husband is hungry I feed him. But is that what Jesus meant? Or did he mean that when we see someone truly hungry on the street we should go buy (or make) them a meal? I don't remember ever clothing anyone truly in need. And of course I would never let a stranger in my home (I watch enough cnn to know better). I'm quick to look after my husband when he's ill, but what about others? I can honestly say I have not once gone to prison to visit the incarcerated.
I remember watching a clip of a video about a group of Christians who had gone to Africa on a missions trip. One of the young men in the group noticed an older man in the village who didn't have a shirt to wear. The young man walked over to him, took the shirt off his own back, and gave it to the older man. Now that is clothing someone who needs it.
I think of Mother Teresa when I think of looking after the sick. She is held with such high esteem for obeying a simple command, and so we think that it is only for the spiritually great to do such things. You know, pastors, nuns, missionaries and such. But this is the expectation for all Christians!
Sometimes I think that we are so wrapped up in our own world that we can't peek out to see what's really going on. Or, even worse, we just don't want to. It makes us uncomfortable to speak with the homeless, talk to strangers, or even think about visiting a jail. We assume that everyone else is as comfortable in their own little bubble as we are, so we refuse to reach out. At the most, we'll hand them a tract, or a Bible verse rather than food, clothes, comfort, and our time. But these people need to see love in action. They need our time, our resources, our care, our service.
Regardless of the spiritual and financial gifts that God has blessed us with, we can all serve others in the ways that Christ described in Matthew. This is our hope and our calling. This is our greatest act of worship! For Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40 Will you meditate on this today? Let's look for opportunities to serve others, and thus serve the Lord.
I pray that He would press on our hearts and make us long to be servant to the "least of these..."
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16 comments:

Lois Lane II said...

I read a friend's blog about this earlier. So true. =)

He & Me + 3 said...

I agree 100%. Loved this post

Andrea said...

If we look closely enough, there are so many around us in need. We just have to be attuned to those opportunities.

Great post, Lauren!

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

We need to really be more aware of the world around us and be more diligent in doing the work that God has for us here.

Jean Stockdale said...

Great post. I got to go to India to speak at a Wm's Conference and at the end of the event we washed their. I will never forget that evening. Then they insisted on washing mine and they dried them with the scarves on their heads!!! My heart aches just now just thinking about it.

You are so right, Jesus asks more of us than we are doing.

And I did not see one run-on sentence! blessings.

Hope said...

Amen!
We all need to die to ourselves and look for what God would want from us each day.
Great post!
♥Hope

3 Blessings said...

SO TRUE! Thank you for this post. I hope you are doing well and that you enjoy your weekend.
Blessings,
Amy

Franchesca Cox said...

This is so true and sad at the same time. You are right, we get so caught up in our own world that we don't make room to serve others. It is so wonderful to see your burden to truly follow the Lord. I like reading your blog because it challenges me.

xx

Kristen said...

awesome post lauren! It is something I have been thinking about lately and how I can do more to help those truly in need.

Alicia said...

Yes...so true, Lauren!!

I love how your posts always tug at my heart!

alihsee said...

Wow is all I can say to that post! Thank you for being so honest & true! I hope you have a lovely weekend...

btw, I didn't end up watching a movie - just slept the whole night away! :)

Kelly said...

This is such a great reminder! There are so many people in need, I just pray that I will always be ready to see them and help. Thanks for this post!

Faith Imagined said...

Very powerful post!

Tabitha@ichoosebliss.net said...

I'd like to invite you to visit my family's ministry online. God gave me a job to do and my family joined in to make it bigger than I could have on my own.

A Fiveoh4 Uplifting

Katie said...

You have so much wisdom and truth to share at such a young age your amazing. God is really using you on your blog. I wish we lived closer you inspire me.

Denise @ A Sacred Longing said...

Lauren, this was powerful. I have just returned from a medical mission to Ecuador. While it was once again an amazing experience, I really feel the Lord speaking to me to "see" those in need in my daily life. I agree that we get so busy in our own lives we miss the need right in front of us. I am praying for eyes to see, a heart wide open and hands to give!

Please visit my blog today, I have an urgent prayer request for my sister-in-law.

Shalom,
Denise