To the One I Consider the Least of These

Matthew 25:31-40

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the 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 foundation of the world. 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 and sisters, you did it to me.’”

You know, as far as I’m concerned, you are most definitely the least of these.  I don’t want to go out of my way to show kindness or love to you.  You don’t deserve my forgiveness, let alone my love.
Have you heard the song “Spirit Speaks” by Know Hope Collective?  The line that resonated with me goes: “I’ll go where You will lead to love the least of these – my greatest offering.”
My greatest offering indeed.  Loving you is a sacrifice.  It means giving you what you don’t deserve – what you didn’t give me.  I don’t want to.  It’s not fair.  It doesn’t seem like justice.
It’s not justice.  It’s grace.  And it will take time.  But I will.

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