The Least of These

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The Least of These

I remember visiting an elderly couple in a low income housing development in Tennessee.  They were the parents of a family in distress we were ministering with. The man was bedridden with one of his legs gone, and the lady was so frail one puff of wind would have blown her away.  When I opened the refrigerator to put away the food, the freezer was empty, and the refrigerator had two eggs just lying on a rack.  She flushed from embarrassment as she told me their son, who was on drugs, had stolen their food, blankets, and radio to trade for drugs.

It was freezing cold, and they had cut a blanket in half so they each couldhave half and stay warm.

How can situations like this even happen?  But they do! Every day, all round us, we just have to be more aware.

They are the least of these that the Bible talks about, and it is our responsibility to help them.

What Do They Look Like?

They are the young, the old, the poor, the sick, the unloved, the abused, the neglected, the widowed, and the list goes on and on.  The less fortunate of our society are always with us.

“For 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, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”      Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

“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 (NIV)

  • Do you know someone that is possibly hungry? Find food for them.
  • Do you know someone that is thirsty? Give them something to drink.
  • Do you know someone that needs shelter? Help them find it.
  • Do you know someone that needs clothes? Help them get some clothes.
  • Do you know someone sick? Go do something for them.
  • Do you know someone in jail or rehab? Go visit them and encourage them.

I challenge myself and you to reach out more.  Being the hands and feet of Jesus isn’t always easy.  It may take you out of your comfort zone, and stretch your ability to love the unlovely, but remember…

“…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40 (NIV)

I would love to hear more about how you are already serving the least of these!

Read more about serving others here.

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  1. While I do not know anyone personally who needs assistance, we have a local Rescue Mission and a “New Hope Center” that we regularly support with offerings, and with food and clothing. God has a way to supply help to the hurting and we can only obey his call.
    It is difficult when you find the elderly cutting a blanket in half in order to keep warm.

    • That is great! Every community needs a place like that. Yes, seeing the blanket cut in half and no food broke my heart. I shared their situation with anyone who would listen and got them warm clothes, blankets, food and other items they needed. The lady kept saying…I have nothing to give. I told her nothing was needed…it was because God loved her.

  2. Thank you for sharing your awesome post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  3. I find that as I continue in obedience to Christ, He brings people like this into our path. He entrusts them to those who will care for them. I pray at times for the down and out to come my way. We all need reminded to leave our comfort zones. A good, thoughtful post.

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