And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
As we saw in my previous post, showing the love of Christ means loving all men equally. We can’t favor the wealthy and neglect the poor and claim to follow Jesus. Not possible. But there is something even greater at work here. Jesus gave us a special insight in the verse quoted above.
If we want to find God’s best for our lives, if we want to truly serve Jesus, it will not be by schmoozing the wealthy, but by feeding the hungry. In that great day, the standard for Christian service was meeting the needs for “the least of these…”
Jesus didn’t say, “Truly, I say to you, as you did to the greatest among you… or the the most famous among you… or the wealthiest… smartest… best educated…” No, he measured the validity of their claim as followers by how they treated those on the bottom rung of the ladder–those who have no means of upward mobility.
I want to live a life that gives God glory…a life that blesses his name. But if I want to experience God and inherit the kingdom of God it will take me down paths less traveled. Truly experiencing God may very well not occur during an amazing worship set at church.. Even though it may give me goose bumps.
You see, Jesus didn’t invite the group on his right to inherit the kingdom because they attended church faithfully, gave 10%, went to the best conferences, read the right books, followed the right people on twitter, or posted “Christian” stuff on Facebook. No, he saw in them a faith that humbled them and produced good works. And true humility is found in serving those who will never repay us. It is found in serving those who feel undeserving. The hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned… they have nothing to offer us, and everything at the same time.
“…as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”