A vacationer left his beach cottage and was walking along the shoreline. He was amazed when he approached an elderly fisherman who was picking up one starfish after another and throwing them into the water.
Approaching him, he asked, “Why are you doing that?”
“Well,” he replied, “these starfish will die if they are left until the morning sun rises. The heat will kill them.”
“But,” said the vacationer, “the beach goes on for miles and miles and there are hundreds and hundreds of them. What difference will what you are doing make?”
“It makes a difference to this one,” he said, as the vacationer looked on.
Crowds followed Jesus. Multitudes came to hear Him speak. But He never lost sight of the individual who needed attention, hope, healing or salvation.
If there was one individual who needed a drink of water, or a person who needed sight, or one who was lame and could not walk, or another who was mentally disturbed and possessed by demons, He stopped everything and met the need of that person.
Today we are impressed by great attractions that receive worldwide attention and draw large crowds. Not so Jesus. It was the “least of these, my brothers and sisters” that opened His heart and caused Him concern.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, give us tender hearts and sensitive minds that see the needs of those around us. May we show Your love to those who need our help. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” Matthew 25:45