The Least of These

When Jesus was teaching about the final judgment, he said that doing acts of compassion to the “least of these” is the same as doing it to him (Matthew 25:40). The take-it-home-and-use-it message in Jesus’ teaching about the “least of these” is that the phrase "least of these" is most important. It is not a “least of these” matter. Jesus showed it to have life or death consequences—for all eternity!

Assess yourself on this: Do you feel good when you chip in to help your local ministries for “the least of these”—the Red Kettle, your local rescue mission, or a food pantry? Maybe it was only rounding up to an even dollar when pigging out on fast food, but, ahhhhh yes, if you are typical you bask in the warmth of being a do-gooder, even if a chintzy one. It was just like doing it to Jesus, you think as you pat pat pat your own back

Do you know the other side of the coin in this lesson? Jesus said that not helping the “least of these” is the same as not helping him (Matthew 25:45).