Matthew 25: 40The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Doing for the least.
Being the hands and feet of Christ.
Loving your neighbor as yourself.
Building relationships with all God’s children.
How do we give all of these commands and directions priority our lives today? It is very difficult and the most rewarding mission work. It takes time to sink ourselves into the lives of those we are trying to help. Getting to know them personally is the only way to help without offending.
A story:Shanta is a 14 year old girl who is 5’11” tall. Extremely thin. Lives in abject poverty with an alcohol addicted mother and 3 very young brothers and sisters. I have known Shanta for a couple of years. Shanta was entering the 9th grade. She had no school clothes, new or old. Her hair had not been done in a very long time.
Can you imagine how Shanta felt as the beginning of school drew closer?
If we apply our Christian faith, what should we do for Shanta…certainly an example of the “least of these, my sister”?
The answer seemed to be to take Shanta shopping. Let her pick out the jeans that fit and were the correct style. Give her the choice of shirts and tees that coordinated and were the correct style. Find a pair of shoes that fit, size 11, that were the correct style. Laugh, talk, negotiate, critique, compliment. What a big blessing for me and hopefully for Shanta!
Over lunch, our conversation was comfortable and easy. She has called me Grandma for a long time. That name sure seems to be the highest compliment.
Often the hard work of being the hands and feet of Jesus is just so demanding, frustration, and consuming. Then suddenly you are in the right place to feel the Holy smile of Jesus as he says, “Well done, my faithful servant”.
Gloria W. NorwoodGood Neighbor Ministries