Loving the Least

I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these …, you did for me. (Matthew 25:40, niv)

I remember a poster on a dorm-room wall during my days in college. The poster was a picture of a homeless man lying in a dirty gutter holding a bottle in a paper bag by his side. The inscription on the bottom was a quote from Mother Teresa. It read, “You love Jesus only as much as the person you love the least.”

For all that we don’t understand about the life of Jesus and the true nature of God, there is one truth that he made completely clear. The Christian faith is about service and humility. It’s about helping those who can’t help themselves. It’s about loving others more than we love ourselves—even the most unlovable among us.

When the disciples found a few minutes alone with Jesus outside the Temple, the question they posed is the same one that you and I probably would have asked. “Will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end of the world?” (Matthew 24:3). But his answer had more to do with us than it did his return. 

Ref: Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day with a Heart Toward Heaven. Copyright : © 2004 by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. All rights reserved.