“…No stranger had to spend the night in the street, for my door was always open to the traveler—” Job 31:32
It’s hard to open our doors and our lives to our friends and family, let alone a total stranger. In today’s world, we often think about the bad that can happen to us if the stranger is ‘bad’ and hurts us in some way. This often paralyzes us from doing good things for people who need a helping hand. Or, we believe they are deceiving us, tricking us to help them as well.
Jesus says that when we do reach out to those in need, we are actually reaching out to Him. Yes, helping others, Jesus takes personally as helping Him directly. If we want to help Jesus, then we need go beyond our fears and help others… most especially, strangers.
- “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.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “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.’” Matthew 25:35-40
Heavenly Father, Open our eyes to see those in need around us and give us insite and wisdom for what to do for them and a heart to love them. Let us be your hands, feet, and heart to those around us. In Jesus Name. Amen.