The Least of These
January 16, 2009
“The King will reply, ‘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
Do you remember the litany of “the least of these”?
The hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the
It is so easy when we have food, shelter, comfort, family, friends,
and freedom to cozy down in our little nook and shut our eyes to
the rest of the world.
But “the least of these” are still there. And you
don’t have to go far to find them:
- They are in your city’s
jail or prison. Alone, caught in the cords of sin, fighting anger,
depression, addiction, and fear.
- They are in your church. The young mother struggling
to feed her children, desperate that no one know how tight things
- They are in your local nursing home. Once vibrant parts
of the church and community, they now sit lonely and forgotten.
- They are in your office. The odd-man-out, the socially-awkward
woman, trying to fit in and failing miserably.
- They are in your neighborhood. The young boy who hides
the bruises on his arm. The little girl who hides the bruises
on her heart.
You have to get out of your comfort zone to find “the least
of these.” Jesus knows who they are. Do you?
- Who do you know
right now whom you could reach out to with help, support, and
- What is one activity you could engage
in this year that would bring you out of your comfort zone
and into contact with “the
least of these”?