“And the King will reply, ‘Truly, l tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me'” (Matthew 25:40).
In the book of Matthew, Jesus talks about the Final Judgment. He tells about how the King will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. He first addresses the righteous group and says that they have inherited the Kingdom of Heaven because they used their lives to love and take care of Him. The righteous people were surprised to hear Him say this. They asked Him when they had done the things that He spoke of. Jesus’ answer was simple.
“Whatever you did for the least of these . . . you did for me. ”
Jesus’ answer is something that we should pay attention to. Anytime Jesus speaks, we of course should listen, but in this context He shares some information that we need to take seriously. Jesus is saying that if you love Him, you will show it by how you treat others.
That person that drives you crazy . . is Jesus looking for love. The relative that knows how to push all of your buttons . . . is an opportunity for you to worship your Savior. The hungry child an ocean away . . . is your King asking for a piece of bread.
We are given moments every single day to love our precious Jesus. In I John 3:l6-I8, it says that all believers’ hearts should be open to those in need. Whether we are sponsoring a child through Compassion International, or serving a need closer to home, let us take God’s Word to heart.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
At the end of Matthew 25, Jesus addresses the unrighteous. To their surprise, He tells them that He needed their help and they ignored His cries. They were shocked by the accusations. In other words, they thought they had done everything right. Jesus made it clear, “Whatever not do for the least of these, you did not do for me” (Matthew 25:30).
That verse (Mat 25:45) always freaks me out. These people thought they were righteous. However, instead of receiving eternal life, they received eternal punishment (Mat 25:26).
This portion of Scripture always challenges me. Let it challenge you this week. Ask yourself, and ask the Lord…
How can I love God by loving others?
~Pastor Susan B.