“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Matthew 25:31-40 (NLT)
Christmas Eve. Growing up that always meant an evening at my grandparents’ house where we would open up gifts from aunts, uncles and grandparents. I always looked forward to that evening. As a kid of course that meant gifts for me.
Two things I always will remember from those nights. 1. That my grandfather would always open his gifts with a pocket knife and was always careful to not rip the paper. All of the grandkids would be yelling to just rip it open. But that was how he was, always keeping stuff he thought he could use again. I guess growing up in the depression will do that to you. 2. He would always get something to do with nuts, either a bag of them or a way to open them. He loved walnuts and peanuts. He always had some in the house somewhere. I can still in my mind remember him yelling for me to come into his room and he would give me some. I guess that is where my love of peanuts comes from.
Now what is one thing you notice I didn’t mention? Think about it, I will wait. If you can’t figure it out just read on.
I don’t remember what I got. I don’t think I could tell you one thing I got during all of those Christmas Eves. Of course I was pretty young but you would think I would remember something. What did I remember? Family. I remember how fun it was to be there with my cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. I’m sure if I thought hard and long enough, I could remember the greatest Christmas gift I have ever received. We just take it for granted that we are going to get something and it just becomes second nature. I’m sure you are that way too.
But there are people in the world who are not.
There are children all over the world that just wants clean water to drink. They want good clothes and shoes they can wear. They just want people that will take care of them in their lives. They want to be in a family. Sadly, this is the world we live in. So, what does giving mean to you. To us now it means sponsoring a child through Compassion. It means sponsoring a child in an orphanage in India through our church. This is 2 kids that we hope we can help impact their lives in a positive way from half way across the world.
The Bible teaches us that when we see “The least of these”, what we do for them is really doing the same for Jesus. If we ignore them, then we are ignoring Jesus. If we take care of them, then we are taking care of Him. Now of course we can’t really take care of Jesus but He is saying that those that are in need are loved by him and that we need to take care of them for him. Just think about it in terms if it was your child in need. If your child was in need and someone passed by and didn’t take care of that need, wouldn’t you feel like that person ignored you? Same thing.
Compassion International is in the middle of 20 days of Giving leading up to Christmas. Yes I am a bit behind in my blog post. Would you consider helping send a small gift to a child this Christmas? Doesn’t have to be much. Just a small gift to help buy some clothes for the new year so they won’t have to go to school in torn and worn clothes. For only $20 you can protect five children from parasites. For $10 you can provide garden seeds for a family in Africa. For $40 you can replace household items such as clothes and school supplies. It doesn’t have to be a lot. If several people would do this then children all over the world will fill the impact and have better Christmas. You can go here to donate. Please pray about it.