“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 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.'”
Have you ever asked what you can do to be a better Christian? Look no further than Matthew 25:35-40. Jesus came to this Earth to help us, die for us, and give us hope. He came and provided hope, strength, and power for the sick, poor, and weary. I use the phrase sick, poor, and weary and it is the sick poor and weary that is often overlooked in this nation. We are such a rich and wealthy that sometimes we do not see the homeless man sitting on the side of the road. We often overlook the person being trafficked. We fear the person with the drug addiction. We drive away those with addictions to pornography, alcohol, and gambling. However, this is not what Jesus would do. He would recognize their sin, but see the person inside. How many times have you walked past a homeless person who asked you for money and you said no, but fully knew there was a dollar in your pocket. How many times, did you cross the street to avoid them. How many times have you not even said hello. Whoa to you my fellow Christian, these are not actions of a Christians, and if you have done these things you need to stop. It’s not your place to judge that person. If they use that money on booze or drugs they have to answer to God, not you. However, when you stand at the gates and you stand before your Maker can you always say you welcomed Him in? I know I have been guilty a time or two, but I see the wrong in my ways. Now there are moments where you do not have the money on you, and that’s fine. If you don’t have it you don’t have it, but don’t get caught up in the excuses.
564,708 people are homeless in the United States today and about half of them are in families. As someone whose family was legally homeless at a time it’s not an easy process, but luckily family brought us in before my brother and I could realize anything was different in our lives. No my family never endured the street, but we went through some struggles. God has blessed me and my family with people who were willing to help us, and now I am in a position where I can help these people, and I intend to do so. If you can not help financially feed these people, clothe these people, care for these people, or simply say hello to these people. They are human beings and they deserve your respect just as much as anyone else. Look into your heart and see what God ask of you. Look through your pantry and see what food you could give. Look into your schedule and see if you can volunteer. Look into your closet and uncluttered your life and donate those clothing items to a reputable charity. Did you know that 48.8 million Americans including 16.2 million children go without the basic nutritional needs on a regular basis. There are so many ways we can help others around us. Maybe you know there is a family who is struggling reach out, some people may not be open to the help, but at least be there for support.There is nothing holding you back from making a difference because simply being there for an individual whether its someone who is sick. Someone who is homeless, or someone with a home you can change their life with simple kindness. Mission trips are wonderful, but don’t quit there. Another disturbing statistic in our world today there are over 27 million people in slavery still. Our help is needed everyday and it may not be fighting human trafficking, helping the homeless, or in the trenches saving souls. It can me small acts or much larger acts, acting as a Christian is simple. You can change lives by helping with church whether its helping in children’s ministry, starting a Bible study, or simply reaching out to souls within those walls. We can all make a difference and we shall not delay, God’s glory should live with in you everyday.