Jesus never says to the poor, “Come find the church,” but He says to those of us in the church, “God into the world and find the poor, hungry, homeless, imprisoned.’ And, what we do for and with ‘the least of these’ we do unto Him. It is as if they are simply Jesus is various disguises. Do were have those verses underlined in our Bibles, I wonder?
Dorothy Day says, “Have we even begun to be to be Christians?” And, as I read Matthew 25:31-46 (they are easy to find in your Bible – just look for the verses NOT underlined) I wonder who will be in which group. There are only two groups to chose from – the sheep and the goats; the believers who said “yes, Lord” and those that said, “But, Lord.” The criteria determining which group we are in will be how we cared for the poor, the hungry, the imprisoned, and the naked masses. When all is said and done and we are gathered before the throne I wonder, will we all be with the sheep?
Jesus says to the rich young man that he needed to go and give up everything he owns to give to the poor. That’s because when we come into the banquet of the Lamb there will be so many people there that there will not be any room for all our baggage. The luggage must go now. We must use all of our resources to help others and thus show the love of the Father to others and this love is found only in Jesus.
So, this rich young man who lacks nothing comes to Jesus and asks what he must do to have eternal life – to go to Heaven when he dies. Jesus says an interesting thing – He says, “this one thing you lack…” Good choice of words Jesus as this young man did not think he lacked anything – after all, he was a rich man and could buy everything he wanted or needed.
What was it he lacked? Well, before this story is recorded there is the story of Jesus and the little children where Jesus says that you must enter the Kingdom as a little kid. Little kids trust. So, Jesus says to this big kid – you lack something – trust. So, to learn to trust the Lord go and unburden yourself of all your wealth and give it all away to the poor – and then follow Me and trust your Heavenly Father to meet all your needs.
And remember, Jesus does not chase the young man when he fails to respond in a correct, biblical fashion. He simply lets him go his way. And, the Lord does the same for us. He tells us what is needed to enter into the Kingdom – total trust. He tells us how to receive and build that trust. And, it is then up to us what we do with the His demand.
Jesus redeemed you on the cross. That’s a business term meaning ‘purchased back.’ Your sins were paid for on the cross by Jesus’ death. He owns you. You are not under new management – He owns you because He purchased (redeemed) you. So, He owns everything you have and use… and He has the right to tell you what to do with it.
Maybe it is time to open to Matthew 25:31-46 and underline or highlight those verses, maybe even study and meditate on them a bit.