What if the “least of these are all one”? Because isn’t that what the Lord says? That the least of these are HIS and not only belonging to Him, but in representation OF HIM. He says what we do to the least of these we do unto Him – as they are ONE with Him and he is ONE with them – all pieces of His body – all members and important parts of HIM. But who are they?
It’s easy to look at my husband and see “the least of these”… a man that wears his brokenness on the outside. Jesus said these have unmet needs. They are hungry or poor or sick. They are in prison, they are in need of clothing. He instructs us to visit the sick – saying that when we visit them, we are actually visiting HIM. But partiality to persons makes it difficult to see the “oneness” of these. I can spend everyday on the assignment I have been given – taking care of my husband, who I love. He needs me and I am content in being his one that will do whatever I can to be there for him and to care for him and love him. But how can I impart such love into one member of the least of these, yet disregard the others who might be placed in my path.
Its so easy to say to ourselves, “I’m already doing enough.” We pick and choose who to love and who to care for. And we pick and choose when to turn a cheek in the other direction. In a sense of ONE BODY – we will nourish the hand but deny the foot. Can I see the wholeness of the Lord in all who represent the task He has laid before us? Can I not show partiality – even if the member stands against what I love, or even in the member is complete stranger to what I consider by my own definition of “in need.” The Lord describes a mystery in the book of Revelation, revealing that things are not what they seem. He says that those who THINK they are rich and their bellies are full and they are clothed and have everything they need are in reality poor, naked and hungry.
As I pray for my husband to be healed and to be spiritually made whole in the Lord’s perfect will, I pray for my own discernment to not have enmity with those who on the outside seem to have it all, but on the inside are in great need. I pray for the Lord to show me the least of these – not by what’s obvious and easy to see with my eyes, but in the hidden things. We’re all broken. We’re all taught to hide that, but all hidden things will be revealed and even those of us who don’t realize what we lack, there will come a day when we do. All of us will be refined and all of us will be tried. Help me to show Love to the ones you place in my path – the ones that I don’t feel sorry for… the ones that are lost and don’t yet know it… And never allow me to see myself as immune to these evils that creep into our hearts in the name of pride. Not one of us is good. Whether we have been pressed to say “yes Lord” already – on our way into the journey of delivery, or whether that day will come tomorrow, your word says the FIRST WILL ME MADE LAST and the LAST WILL BE MADE FIRST. Teach me to be a servant of you and to trust your perfect will, surrendering always to the mind of Christ and remembering his words as his heart cried out “Father please forgive them”… Give me the heart to love all and to want what you want Lord.