Matthew 25 gives a clear vision that when we serve the least we serve Jesus — that somehow and someway our eternity will be connected with how we respond to the least. They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life. MATTHEW 25: 44 – 46
Stearns offers a modern-day version of this passage:
For I was hungry, while you had all you needed.
I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water.
I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported.
I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes.
I was sick, and you pointed out the behaviors that led to my sickness.
I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved.
RESV — RICHARD E. STEARNS VERSION
Barefoot Church: Serving the Least in a Consumer Culture