Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we invite we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” Matthew 25:37-39
Listen: Matthew 25
The people in today’s verse didn’t realize that caring for the needy was caring for Jesus. That’s what prompted them to ask, “When? When did we do this?” Jesus graciously answers their question as he welcomes them to “eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).
The question of “When?” is still an important one for us today. Jesus has been gone about 2,000 years. Our culture is dramatically different now. It can be much more challenging to interact with needy and disadvantaged. Suburban life can place us miles from the homeless urban streets. Not many of us can say someone rung our doorbell asking for a drink. Hotels and motels are there for weary travelers. Quality clothing is affordable at second-hand stores.
So, instead of asking “When did we do this?”, we should ask, “When can we do this?” It’s a challenge worth addressing.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Memorize Matthew 25:40 to remind you of the importance of serving the needy and less fortunate. You can also use it as motivation for taking your next step of compassion. Even if it’s not convenient right now, or you’re not in a season of financial plenty, commit to being obedient right now in this important area.
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