The Least of These?

Matthew 25:40“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'” (NIV).

It’s usually what we know about others that causes us not to think very highly of them. The least of these is the one that stabbed you in the back or the betrayer you’d like to expose. They’re often people of affluence and influence, and if others knew what you know about them, their reputations would be ruined.

There was a certain church leader that I got to know on a personal level. This person was very well known and liked by the vast majority of his or her circle of influence, which encompassed thousands of people across the globe. The image he or she depicted publicly conflicted with the one I knew privately. I saw many people hurt, including my family and me. I so wanted to disclose what I knew to be the truth, but when I took my case before the Lord, the Holy Spirit would not allow me to. He told me instead to serve the person.

Of course, I thought it was a ridiculous notion, but I reluctantly obeyed. If I had known then what I know now, I would have loved that person better than I did. In my eyes and heart, he or she was the least of these and didn’t deserve my best. However, I missed out on an opportunity to serve Christ.

It’s a lot more difficult to see Jesus in the eyes of someone who has done us wrong. Look for Him anyway, and respond accordingly. He said, “You also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:14-15, NKJV). The feet we are to wash will often belong to a Judas. But if you can look past all that you know to be wrong with the person and see Jesus, perhaps you’ll serve your Judas with the same excellence and attitude Jesus served His with.

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