Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ — Matthew 25:37-40
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I had read the above verses and completely thought about it applying to the ‘least of these’ being people without a home, but it’s probably not that simple; and anyway, it says “my brothers and sisters”. What about those in countries that are serving Christ but get jailed? Or believers who are really sick? There’s several verses that make it pretty clear that following Jesus does not equate to a life (on this earth) of ease.
These verses to me exhort us to comfort other believers in hard times. To have compassion.
I can think of many I know right now in such places both in and outside our church community … and unfortunately, I just don’t seem to know what to do about many of them. I pray that even though I am not (and haven’t) answered a lot to several people as of late, that God may show compassion through others for them… as of late, I have found that I need to not try to do everything. Especially at once.
God’s hands and feet are more than just these two pairs. It’s good to be reminded (very much for me) to just:
Be still, and know that I am God.
(H/T: Sabbathless Christianity)