Word for Wednesday

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me. Matthew 25:40

A Christian couple living in an impoverished country saw many destitute teenagers living on the streets around them. Their hearts were moved to help as many of the young people as they could. They offered some of them a place to sleep, and meals. They provided clothes and other necessities, and, because the young people were in a Christian home, they came under the influence of the Gospel that was lived before them. They listened to, and read, the Bible daily. Some of the teenagers were able to get an education and move into worthwhile employment. Although there were heartbreaks and trials, the Christian couple had the joy of seeing several of the teenagers trust Christ. But the expense of looking after so many extra people drained their resources, and the extra work and worry drained their health. They both died, but not before summing up their efforts in one word: Inasmuch.

What type of meal would you prepare if the Lord Jesus was to show up at your house today for supper? What attention would you pay to details and comforts if the Lord Himself requested a night’s lodging? How much effort would you put into a project if Jesus were on hand personally to superintend? We all think we would go all out for him, but in truth, we fail to do so, when we are surrounded by His representatives. He tells us plainly that everything we do for even the least of His is exactly like we were doing it for Him.

The word ‘inasmuch’ means in the same manner or in exactly the same way. It is not only that everything we do for any child of God is as good as doing it for the Lord Jesus, although that is true. But Jesus says He Himself is the recipient of what we do for others. He receives the benefit and appreciates the blessing that we hand out. A cup of cold water given to a thirsty person in His name is just as refreshing to Him as it is to the recipient. Shouldn’t that make us want to serve a lot more cups of cold water?

It is a privilege and an honour to bestow food and drink, comfort and kindness, caring and love, to the Lord Jesus, through His representatives. Inasmuch, brothers and sisters, inasmuch. -Jim MacIntosh

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