The past few months have really had me thinking about the needy of this world. I’ve always been willing to give (when it was convenient for me). That’s the problem though, I wasn’t concerned enough to help when it wasn’t convenient for me. In Matthew 25:44-45 Jesus shared a story that ends with:
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
I really started thinking about his use of the phrase, “the least” of these. Who are “these”? The needy (hungry, thirsty, naked, etc.) So who does that make the “least” of these? Those who are in need the most. We are so rich in this nation, by our standards even those we consider poor here are rich in the world’s sight. Look at our neighbors worldwide. If we have a love for them in our hearts and the compassion of Jesus Christ, we will reach out to help.
Normally, I give corporate gifts to my clients each year. Usually, they are gadgets and gizmos (since it is a technology based company). But this year, I’m doing something different. I am giving life saving gifts to the least of those that Jesus spoke about in the name of my clients through my favorite charity, World Vision. They seem to really be a good conduit for helping those I cannot reach myself. If you’d like to do this for Christmas as well, just visit their online gift catalog where you can give farm animals, medical supplies, clothing, and clean water to the needy in the name of a friend or loved one. This could be a special gift to your loved one to know they have been part of making a difference in the world.
Visit WorldVision.org for more…