And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." (Matthew 15:40; ESV)
Read the whole passage before continuing on (Matthew 15:31-46)
Can you imagine? Can you picture it? You're driving along and then you see a person on the side of the road with a sign that says, "I'm hungry." As you get closer you notice something: it's Jesus. There is no way that we would allow Jesus to go hungry. We would slam on the breaks, get him in the car, and provide everything for him so that he was taken care of. Why? Because we love him so much. But here's the thing: how often have we failed to help Jesus because we have neglected the poor around us? How often have I missed an opportunity to love Jesus by providing for the needs of "one of the least of these" his brothers or sisters?
It's kind of humbling. There are so many needs. There are so many people that are broken and hurting around the world. How do we "fix" it? We can't. We can only do our part and watch God handle it from there. But how do I know who I am supposed to help? Honestly, I'm convinced that that comes down to the Holy Spirit moving in your heart. He guides. He convicts. He leads. He teaches. He is constantly with us. We need to learn to decipher his voice in order that we can follow through with his instructions.
Jesus - Make me sensitive to your will and plans when I see the broken, hurting, and needy in my path. May I see them as if I see you. May I feed them as if I were feeding you. Welcome them. Clothe them. Give them something to drink. Visit them... May I never be "okay" seeing you in need. Help me take this passage to heart and live it out in my life.