Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Supporting The Least of These

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’"

---Jesus, as told by his disciple, Matthew (25:37-40)



Who are "The Least of These"?  There are two primary interpretations:  The first, and more historically held answer is, Jesus is referring specifically to his disciples, to whom he is speaking - to those who answer God's call to "go and be" the presence of Christ to those in need.  The second, and more common interpretation today, is that Jesus is referring more generally to all people who are in need, who are considered the least, the last, the down and out, and who fit the descriptions Jesus gives of being hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, poor, sick, or in prison.

We think it's both/and rather than either/or.  We think "The Least of These" are both those who are in need (from the "greatest" need to the "smallest") and those who answer God's call by becoming one of The Least of These in order to invest their lives ministering to and with The Least of These.

This is God's call to us.  Really, it always has been.  Throughout our lives in ministry we have consistently been drawn to work with, support, assist, help, minister to, meet the needs of and preach the gospel to, The Least of These. 

Whatever else we do, this is how we desire to invest our lives, and today we feel that calling more clearly than ever, so much so that we are committing ourselves to truly becoming The Least of These.

This means that as we give support to others, we also need support from others - family, friends, and all those who care about meeting the needs of The Least of These.  There are so many ways that each of us can be a part of this.  We are looking forward to sharing those with you in the days and weeks ahead, beginning now.  Pray and seek God.  We truly need, and desire, your help!  Will you join us in serving, loving, and becoming The Least of These?

Blessings,

L. and Phil