Matthew 25:44-45 “Then shall they also answer him, saying Lord, when saw we thee a hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall He answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to Me.” KJV
So who are the least among us? The homeless person on the corner annoying us every morning by staring at us when we have to stop at the light? The unwashed, badly dressed lady sitting in the corner of the coffee shop nursing that cup of coffee for an hour so she can stay in a warm place? The child who comes to school hungry and without even paper or pencils for learning? I would venture to say that we can all list off the “least” among us in our community. But what about the woman who sits next to you at work who seems to always be angry? The friend at church who gossips and snipes? What about the family with the son who is doing community service for addiction? Are they not also the least among us?
I think that we often times forget that our Lord has instructed us to care for everyone in need. We tend to say but I donated to the food pantry for the hungry, I gave clothes to the women’s shelter thrift store, and I bought a Bible at Lifeway Bookstore http://www.lifeway.com/ to give to the prison ministry. Did I not do my part? I am not discounting those things because I know that even the widows mite is worth much to our Abba. But how much more can we do? What blessings does the Lord give us that we could share with others? A smile, an invitation to coffee, a meal, a helping hand? Do we put ourselves out or do we just give our excess?
Our local Christian radio station http://www.ksbj.org/ has been doing a month of sticky notes. (I am sure it’s called something much more interesting than that but it’s the best I can do at the end of a long day) You are challenged to put sticky notes with uplifting messages everywhere you can, both at home and in public. People have called in saying they found a sticky note on a mirror in a bathroom at the mall, a mail lady found one on the front of a mailbox, a truck driver told of leaving one written on duct tape on a gas pump because he didn’t have a sticky note. Imagine how much joy you would get if you were having an absolultely miserable day and you glanced up at the bathroom mirror at the mall and saw a note that said “Smile! Someone thinks you are wonderful!” I think that is just the coolest thing and best of all, it’s free! Free to give and free to receive.
Let us each remember that the least among us might be the person who seems to need nothing from us. That really “together” woman we know or that “supermom” next door. We all hide our needs from each other. We don’t want anyone to see that we can’t keep up, that we can’t cope, that we can’t be that perfect Christian woman. Maybe that stranger is our very best friend who needs us more than we know. If we open our hearts to our Abba’s promptings, He will tell us who needs us. But remember that sometimes those who need us are right in front of our eyes. Well dressed, well fed, and well educated. But empty and homeless because they don’t have the love of Christ in their lives. They don’t feel the hand of a friend on their shoulder. They feel judged and unloved. You might be their only link to their Father in Heaven. Open your eyes, open your hearts, and let your life be a sticky note on the mirror in someone’s life!
And just in case you don’t have an awesome Christian radio station in your area, you can listen to KSBJ on your computer or your smartphone from anywhere you have an internet connection!!!! Don’t you just love technology!