Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Least of These

It's a Scripture that haunts me. MATTHEW 25:31-46. A warning of things to come. A vision of the end of time.

Jesus says that when he comes again, he'll separate humanity according to how they treated "the least of these." Some will be surprised to find out that what they did for people in need, they did for Jesus. Others will also be surprised, but not so pleasantly:
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me" (Matthew 25:45). 
When we think about Judgment Day, we often think about Big Things. The worst villains of all time facing God's justice. Hitler, Stalin, Hussein, and Bin Laden finally answering for their crimes.

And on the positive side: we think about how great Christian leaders will be rewarded because they did Big Things. John Wesley, who started a movement that now numbers around 55 million. Billy Graham, who has preached to over 2 million people. Peter, Paul, the Apostles -- the big guys who did Big Things.

But what does Jesus want to talk about on Judgment Day? LITTLE THINGS! A plate of food. A cup of water. A place to stay. A visit to someone who's sick or in prison. Simple, individual, small acts of love. Apparently these things are really important to Jesus.

And that's why we're doing FAITH IN ACTION SUNDAY tomorrow.

Be sure you get to church by 8:30 am. In fact, come early and enjoy some coffee, juice, donuts, and sausage biscuits before we worship, pray, and head out.

See ya' tomorrow!

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