Matthew 25:35-36 (NKJV)
35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Matthew 25:40 (NKJV)
40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
Many of our churches provide food and clothing to people who may be classified as being, “indigent.” But, of course, indigent is a kind word that means, “lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.” We can use kind words to describe people who lack food, clothing, and other necessities of life; and that is because they are needy, poor, and impoverished. But, the truth of the matter is that such people who lack food, clothing, and other necessities of life, because they are needy, poor,and impoverished, are not any less, in need of food, clothing, or other necessities of life, because we assign them a category that makes them appear to be other than in need of food,clothing, or other necessities of life? (a definite run on sentence that is needed for emphasizing the importance of the situation)
It is easy for us to take our extra food and clothing items to a central drop-off point. That insulates us from the truth of poverty that surrounds the lives of those who will be receiving those items. Do we give our throwaway clothing to those who are in need of clothing? Do we select food items that are “on sale,” but without proper nutrition for those who need such nutrition?
Have you ever given food to someone who was holding up a sign that reads, “Hungry, Need Food?” That is a situation that many of us face in today’s world, and all too often we may feel uncomfortable about the whole thing. That’s an easy one, when you consider the other situations that seem to pop up in our lives, especially when we’re not ready to face the truths of life that are a result of poverty, that affect the needy, the poor, and the impoverished.
Here’s a real hard situation, that of prostitutes, homosexuals, drug addicts, alcoholics, those who are homeless, and any other class of people that we would rather not bring into our world of ministry. It wasn’t by design, but rather by Providence, that I found myself in such “a pool of people” (Not kind words! But it gives attention to the situation). I have written about my personal experiences of ministry to each of those groups of people. Praying with a prostitute, and watching tears roll down her cheeks; watching homeless women, on Mothers’ Days, walking the streets, “with no place to go.” Knowing that some of these same women will sell their bodies because they have no money, no food, and no place to spend the night. Seeing people, families, living in their cars. Seeing men making a park bench “their bed for the night.” Going under a bridge and seeing a homeless city, with “those residents” storing all of their belongings in grocery store shopping carts, and sleeping in “make shift” beds that extend from one steel girder to another….. And so on, and so forth…..Such ministry requires serious prayer and planning, but is necessary. I could go on, but that is not my purpose. It is only my desire to provide spiritual food for thought, as it relates to our responsibility to minister to the needs of those who our Lord Jesus describes as being, “the least of these.”
Please consider the song that Mike Adkins sings in such a spirit of worship. Then, listen to the account of his relationship with “A Man Called Norman.” For those who may find themselves interested in “WWJD,” (what would Jesus do), I encourage you to read the book, “In His Steps,” that was written by Charles M. Sheldon.
Can we say the words of John 15:21 without also loving, and showing the highest degree of spiritual love for, the less fortunate of our society? I trust that God will move within you to seek and serve those who need the love of His people who may have, “slipped through the cracks” of life.
John 15:21, “…Yes Lord, You know that I love You…”
Adoration by Mike Adkins
Praise, we praise, praise, praise, Praise to the One who sent us His son
Praise, praise, praise, praise, In one accord we praise You oh Lord
There is no other name above You, Blessed Be Your Name
God of Jacob
Sheppard of Israel
Holy unto Your name, Holy unto Your name
Praise praise, praise, we praise, Praise to the One who sent us His son
Praise praise, praise, praise, In one accord we praise You oh Lord
Glory and Honour and Power, Unto the Lord our God, God of Abraham Faithful and True
Holy Holy are You, Holy Holy are You
Holy Holy is Your name
Holy Holy is Your name
A Man Called Norman – Mike Adkins (The four parts of the story are linked individually. The full story is also linked. Sometimes the full story begins with part four.)