Responding to the Insignificant
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 took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you took care of Me; I was in prison and you visited Me.
God is in the midst of situations all around us, and He is in the midst of our everyday lives. We never know when and where He is working, and He may give us a chance to be the provision to a prayer someone else has prayed. Do we recognize these chances or look at them as inconveniences?
Christ lives in His people through the Holy Spirit. When one of His own is suffering in some way, He suffers, too. That is why He describes Himself as the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned in these verses. When we minister to one of His own, we minister to Him.
We don’t have to look far to find these needs all around us. We need to minister the love of Christ to both believers and unbelievers. In doing so, we increase and strengthen the kingdom of God, and our faith increases in the process. In helping those in need, we build relationships and create bonds that help hold us together.
How you treat those who seem insignificant speaks of your character. Do you meet their needs when the occasion arises, or do you attend to things more convenient? You may be insignificant to someone else who has the ability to meet your need. God notices when someone helps you, as well. Take advantage of the opportunities He gives you to be a blessing to others. You never know when you could be the insignificant one, hoping someone else will stop to hear from God and obey. Everyone is significant in His eyes.
Have a blessed day!