least of these

I was on Instagram last week and I saw a post about a passage in Matthew. I decided to give it a read and it’s actually amazing. Who knew Instagram could lead me to reading such a great passage?

Matthew 25:31-46 is beautiful. It talks about the Final Judgement where Jesus sits on the throne and separates a group of people between the righteous and the unrighteous. He tells the righteous that they helped him when he was poor, and hungry, and thirsty. They helped him when he was in prison, when he was naked. They don’t understand because they didn’t help him, but he tells them that because they helped “the least of these,” they have also helped him. 

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 have done it to me.
— Matthew 25:40

Jesus literally tells them that because they had compassion on those in need, it was the same as having compassion on Him. Guys, Jesus literally compared himself to “the least of these,” when actually, He is the greatest of these. He’s sitting on his throne as a judge and a KING. He has humbled himself to be a mere human, when he is actually the very Son of God. 

We live in a world where if we are slightly inconvenienced by anything, then we don’t want to do it. There are people all over the world who are living in severe poverty. Millions of people don’t have access to clean drinking water. People are willing to illegally uproot their lives in another country to face an unknown future, just because thats a safer option than their home country. Women are being sold into sex slavery every single day without any say in the matter. The lives of countless babies are taken before they ever get a chance to experience life outside the womb. People in so many places have never even heard the name of Jesus, let alone the gospel that comes with him. My heart hurts for these people. 

It’s inconvenient for us to have compassion for people. We are money hungry, power hungry, and selfish people. Jesus walked among the poor, the needy, the hungry, the thirsty, the sick, the prisoners and yet, we can’t be bothered to love the people who live and walk among us in our own neighborhoods. We can’t love the people who are just like us. We condemn people who are different than us, just because they’re different. When in reality, we have all fallen short. Judging someone because of their race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic status is a prime example of our means of sin. Americans choose to take the easy way out most of the time. 

I was challenged in reading this passage because there are rewards for the compassionate. Not because of what they did, but because of the relationship they have with the actual SAVIOR OF HUMANITY. They are compassionate because of that relationship. So many people call themselves Christians, but fail to show compassion to anyone who could possibly need help. Compassion is evidence of true heart change in response to the gospel.

We are so undeserving of the privilege of GRACE and the ability to have relationship with the creator of the universe. We don’t deserve any of it, yet here we are living in his grace and mercy for us day by day. 

I am a selfish human being, but aren’t we all? I want to live a life that reflects the gospel.