Loving the “least of these”

“I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:45

I remember reading this verse as a kid and getting this shivery feeling. It has always left me questioning who exactly the least of these are.

It’s easy to love the lovable and to give time to someone who appreciates it.  When Jesus was talking about the least of these, I guarantee he wasn’t talking about the people that are our best friends. Perhaps its the least in society, those who are looked down on and judged for the way they life their life. But I think he’s also nudging us towards the “least” in our books. You know, the people who really have the gift at bringing out our irritated side.

Giving my attention to the poor and needy isn’t a challenge for me. I love it! Stick me in the poorest village or with the Dalits in India and I’d be set for life. Even though these would be a lot of people’s least. They aren’t mine. These are the people I look up to and see Jesus in. Then there’s the demanding customers at work, the people that make me want to walk on the other side of the street so I can avoid eye contact with them, the ones that make me go, “Really? Them?” That’s when I know I’ve found my “least.”

It’s learning to  love the people that challenge you the most, that make you feel stretched out. View the person who gets on your nerves the most as Jesus. (Thinking about that now makes me go “But WHY!!!!” on the inside!)

“True love requires sacrifice. Our love is shown by how we life our lives.”