King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye
have done it unto one of the least of
these my brethren, ye have done it unto
me” (Matthew 25:40).
the Lord lets us walk in places, see
things and have experiences in order
that we can learn a lesson that we might
miss otherwise. There is nothing like
an experience to leave a lasting
impression on us in an area that needs
I had the opportunity to do a favor for
some folks, though I was not able to
specify who would be the recipients. I
had certain ones picked out in my mind
that I thought would be the most
deserving; but I very disappointed when
it was distributed where I thought it
was not deserving. I had even given the
Lord instructions to “help Him” decide
who would be included. How idiotic!
following day, the memory came back in a
distasteful way; then suddenly the Holy
Spirit interrupted my thoughts with the
verse above (Matthew 25:40). Sure, I
knew about that verse and had some
preconceived ideas of who the “least”
the ‘least’?” the question was dropped
in my mind as if I had never considered
it before. Well, I thought about
it again and decided it was not the
person who was just four feet
tall whose stature would be ‘least’ in an
average crowd. It would not be the
thinnest person, because God looks on
the heart, not the outward appearance.
Could it be the one whose faithfulness
and works were taken for granted? Or
maybe those who worked behind the scenes
and were seldom noticed? I mentally
went through a list that I thought would
fit the category of “the least” but none
of them seemed to fit the query. Then
the answer dropped right in behind the
question and my answers.
about the undeserving?” That was
startling! We tend to give the
deserving ones priority status and rewards.
Who gets the Oscar and the Emmy? Who
are those who receive the promotions and accolades? The
‘deserving,’ of course.
But is God
pleased when he sees where our good
works and recognition are operating?
ye love them which love you, what reward
have ye? Do not even the publicans the
same?” (Matthew 5:46).
we think we know what a verse means, the
Holy Ghost opens another door with a
brighter light shining on it; and a
whole new perspective comes to life!
only gave us what we deserved, what
would we receive? Lumps of coal! Not
diamonds, certainly not streets of gold
to look forward to.
back again at my incident. The
ones I had mentally chosen to receive
what I had considered my ‘generosity’
were passed by. The one I
considered least deserving was chosen
instead. Now, isn’t that Just Like
Jesus! Does a look in a mirror
show that God loved the “deserving” so
much He sent His only Son to die for
them? Oh no! God so loved
“the world” and Jesus so loved the
“undeserving” that He died for us!
be the first to say that God indeed does
reward faithfulness and honors our deeds
– if our works honor Him! Our
faithfulness is laying up treasures in
heaven and sometimes even blessings here
on earth. But the real reward, God’s
Oscars for excellence, are in the
future. We should acknowledge
those who serve faithfully among us and
give honor to whom honor is due.
However—we must not overlook the
undeserving. God doesn’t. Who deserves
God’s Mercy which opens the door for His
Grace to enter our lives? No one! It
is a gift, not earned by good works,
grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves; it is the gift
of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
stood corrected. Thank you, Lord! Only
eternity will reveal what the results of
showing mercy toward the undeserving
will be. It could be the turning point
of a life toward the Mercy of God,
expressed through us. In light of
eternity, how important is a soul that
is a man profited, if he shall gain the
whole world, and lose his own soul? Or
what shall a man give in exchange for
his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
of a soul is inestimable! It may appear
that the person God puts in our path is
so undeserving that we may pass them by,
but “What would Jesus do?”
unto them, Whosoever shall receive this
child in my name receiveth me: and
whosoever shall receive me receiveth him
that sent me: for he that is least among
you all, the same shall be great” (Luke
“least” sometimes are not able to
reciprocate our generosity. On the
other hand, they might be more than
able, but undeserving of our notice in
our eyes. The “least deserving” may be
the ones God has placed in our path to
show what the Love of God is really
like—though we are all undeserving, it
is available because of His Mercy and
Grace. That seems to level the playing
lord said unto the servant, Go out into
the highways and hedges, and compel
them to come in, that my house may be
filled” (Luke 14:23).
not overlook the ‘least deserving’—“for
He is kind unto the unthankful and to
the evil!” We must not play god,
deciding who is worthy and miss out on
the reward God has planned for us—and
for them. He is not looking for
perfection (totally without fault), but He does expect maturity
and excellence and He will reward it.
ye your enemies, and do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing again; and your
reward shall be great, and ye shall be
the children of the highest; for he is
kind unto the unthankful and to the
evil” (Luke 6:35).
treasures in heaven by remembering the
“least” among us!