“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 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 invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go and visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:34-40
We value celebrity and status as a culture. Some would even say we worship it. It pervades all types of media and works its way into our subconscious. It is so pervasive that if we are not careful, we can become brainwashed and blind to the real need around us. As we used to say in programming, “garbage in, garbage out”.
As Matthew says, our kingdom inheritance is given us through our ministry to the LEAST among us. What better deception could there be than to captivate us with status and celebrity?
“God, thank You for Your provision for us. Please open my eyes to the suffering and need around me. Take away the fascination we have as a culture with the elite and proud. Please show me today where there are those hungry, thirsty, strangers, sick or in prison in my life and give me Godly compassion for them. Show me where to help and please give me the boldness to go. In Jesus’ name, amen.”