Most of us have given to beggars in the streets and to charities, some of us have worked more closely with homeless people or other vulnerable groups. But how many of us have ever visited people who are sick? (Health professionals not included!) We have all looked in on family members and our close friends in our time, but how often have you made a point of visiting a sick colleague or friend from church of any other social group? I know I never have. And what about all those prisoners? Unless you have a relative in prison, I wonder if you have ever considered visiting a lonely prisoner in your nearest prison – again, I never have!
Matthew 25:32-40 NLT
All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
There are so many people in need in so many ways. These people are all around us all of the time. My goal from today is to try to see the need more often, and having seen it, if it is possible, to try and be of some service. I want to remember that Jesus recognises every act of service towards someone who needs it, as a personal act of kindness to Him.
Exodus 28:1-43, Matthew 25:31-26:13, Psalms 31:9-18, Proverbs 8:12-13