Nov. 25: Doing good unto the least of these
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What an inspiring verse to study with going into the first Sunday of Advent, the season of hope. Sometimes when I think about the day Jesus returns, fear overcomes all other feelings. At first, these verses can have the same impact, instilling the idea that some will see eternal punishment. However, I encourage you to look at these verses with only hope and a challenge.
Jesus states “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Personally, if I knew Jesus was hungry, I would provide him a feast; thirsty and I would provide him unending drink; a stranger, I would introduce him to all my friends; naked and I would take him shopping and let him buy anything he wanted; or sick, I would visit and provide all the medicines I could find. The challenge we have in front of us is to do the same thing for the least of these.
What a challenge! What an honor! Jesus asks us to do these acts of love, and will reward us with an eternal kingdom. Now comes the hard part. If we find ourselves too consumed with our own desires, we are unable to show these acts of love, at least to the least of these. For me, the least of these is commonly the people in my life I struggle to get along with, or my “enemies.” I encourage you to strive to show some act of love to an enemy during this season. Let these verses challenge you, but also let them bring you so much hope.
31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40“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.’ 41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”