The least of these

Jesus was a friend to sinners.  He didn’t just hang out with his followers.  His disciples and family members were not the only ones he showed kindness to.  He chose to eat with sinners, talk to the Pharisees, and make time for the outcasts.  He brought healing to the lepers and the lame with the touch of His hand. 

As He walked the streets and hillsides, He loved the unlovable and cared for the less fortunate.  He loved others equally and valued each life he encountered during his time here on earth.  He didn’t force His love, but He always willingly offered it.  And when He hung on the cross, He willingly offered His life as a sacrifice for the sins of all. 

He desires to have a relationship with each of us.  He changed lives then and He is changing lives today.  He wants to use us to reach those who do not yet know Him. 

As believers, we are the Church, the Body of Christ.  It is our responsibility as the hands and feet of Jesus to reach out to this lost and dying world.  We can’t just go to our prospective church buildings and hang out with our Christian friends and expect that to happen.    

We must remember that a building with stained glass windows and a steeple on top is not the only place someone can come to know Christ.  We must choose to meet people where they are, both physically and spiritually.  If they won’t come to the church, we must take the church to them.  We must be willing to take the gospel to the streets. 

We have to realize that if we always have “church” the same way, we may very well only be reaching the same people groups.  We have to be open to change.  As the Spirit leads, we must follow.  Sometimes this means getting out of our comfort zones or trying something new.  I believe that if our hearts and our motives are sincere, then He will meet us where we are and our efforts will be blessed. 

When we reach out to “the least of these”, we are reaching out to Jesus.  Each of us has been created in the image of Christ.  Keeping that in mind, what will you do the next time a homeless person walks through your church door in need of help?  What will you do to reach those who refuse to darken the door of your church building?  Will you use your gifts and talents for the Lord in your community?  Will you try to establish relationships with those who don’t know Christ as their Lord and Savior? 

What will you say to Jesus when you stand before Him to account for what you did for him on this earth?  Will He say, “Well done my good and faithful servant?” 

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