Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.
When we are kind to the poor we are kind to the Lord, and He will reward us.
When I read this passage I remembered a story I had heard as a child and I’m sure you all will recall it also.
The story went like this:
One Christmas Eve night a young family was enjoying themselves at home when they heard a knock on the door. When they opened it there was an old man with ragged clothes shivering in the cold. He politely asked if he could come in and warm himself by the fire. The family let him in and also provided him with a set of warm dry clothes and a coat. Pretty soon he went on his way and the family went back to their doings. But shortly they heard another knock on the door. They quickly answered it and there was a woman who was thirsty and asked if they could spare a warm drink. The family invited her in and gave her a drink and food also. She sat and ate and drank, thanked them and left. Once again the family went back to their festivities and once again heard a knock on the door. This time it was a child who had lost its way. They quickly invited the boy in, gave him a place to rest, and then guided him home. After the boy left the family sat down and again returned to their fellowship when for a fourth time they heard a knock on the door. This time when they answered there was a well-dressed man who introduced himself and Christ the Savior. The family quickly questioned him about why he would be knocking on their door and he replied that he was there to spend this Christmas Eve night with them. They were puzzled as to why but didn’t hesitate to invite him in. He spoke to them and said that they were blessed because when he was cold they gave him warmth, when he was thirsty they gave him something to eat and drink, when he was lost they helped him find his way. They said Lord, when did we do these things? He replied, when you help the least of these you help me.
We are called to help each other and care for those around us. When we do you never know who you are really helping, you may be entertaining angles. The greatest reward is knowing that we are following Christ’s commands and this will bring you great joy!
Lord, give me your eyes so I can see those around me as you see them. Give me a servant spirit and help me to gladly serve those around me that are in need. Thank you for the reward of joy when we follow your commands to love our neighbors.