They also will answer, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick in prison, and did not help you? 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."
In the Bible, there's a story where Jesus wiped some mud on a blind man's eyes, and the man saw colors for the first time. Jesus strolled up to a guy who had never walked before and said, "Get up, take up your mat and go home." Jesus felt the touch of a woman who'd been bleeding for twelve years, and He turned to her and said: "Your faith has made you well." And she became well.
Jesus showed up on the scene and helped people. But before He healed them, He saw them. He saw their immediate need, sure, but He also saw what was behind it, because Jesus was attentive to those most overlooked. It's hard to believe we can do greater things than Jesus when we think about His miracles, but it starts by taking Him at His word and then seeing people the way Jesus did. How can we go about healing people if we don't see them through a gate of love?
Of all the things Jesus did, I'm struck by what a miracle it was that He always had room for more. He seemed to pick up friends wherever He went: some who were hungry, some who were hurting, and some who were on a hunt for a new identity. Wherever they were, when they came with humble hearts, He said they were welcome.
This is the life Jesus wants for us: to see people, feed them, and welcome them. He wouldn't have told us we'd do greater things than Him if He didn't think we could.
Who do you see in your life who needs to be met by the love of God?This week's devotion is from the 365-day devotion, Live in Grace Walk in Love by Bob Goff.