A few days ago, I stopped at a dollar store after work to get a few items.
As I parked my car in the lot, I noticed a very elderly woman on the sidewalk in front of the store.
She was obviously having a difficult time as she tried to maneuver a multi-footed cane.
Taking tiny steps near the entrance door, she looked as if she needed help.
For a few seconds I began to think of how I could go to her and assist her.
Before I could leave my car, though, an employee of the store came outside to her aid.
As he was opening the door and helping her enter the store, all was well.
I don’t know if the man who came to help this woman was a Christian or not, but he was displaying Christ-like behavior.
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’”
Those on his right ask Jesus to tell them when it was that they helped him in these ways.
“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.’”
When we care for others–even if it is helping an elderly lady enter a store–Jesus knows.
When we give food to people who are hungry–Jesus knows.
When we show love to other people in need, it matters.
It matters a lot….