Following a terrible earthquake in Japan, an American reporter decided to do a series of articles on the survivors for his newspaper. As he was traveling from one location to another, he discovered an elderly lady who was selling flashlights and batteries for less than she paid for them. Intrigued, he decided to interview her.
After asking a few introductory questions he asked, “Why are you willing to sell the flashlights and batteries for much less than you paid for them?”
Smiling at him, she replied, “I don’t want to profit from their suffering.”
What a Christlike attitude!
Suffering is something we all experience. It is part of everyone’s life. Sooner or later, today or tomorrow - sickness or sorrow, trial or tragedy will find us and threaten us when we least expect it. No one is immune from the problems or perils of life.
Nor is the Christian immune from responding to those in need. Jesus, in speaking of the final judgment said, “When you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.” There are acts of kindness that we can do to help others every day. Jesus expects His followers to give water to the thirsty, clothes to the naked, food to the hungry, hospitality to the homeless and visit those in prison. We will have no excuse to offer Him if we do not do as He did.
Prayer: Father, the least and the lost of this world are of great concern to You. May we take Your words to heart, and share whatever You give us with them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: …He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25:35-45