You Did it to Me

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you visited me.”  Then the righteous will answer Him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?” (Matthew 25:35-37)

When I read this passage from Matthew it gives me a sense of what my call is as a pastor and as a person, as I walk upon this earth. This passage reminds me that we are all connected, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Through our baptisms we have been adopted into the family of God and because of that we have responsibilities to help one another.

Jesus is asked the question, “When were you hungry or thirsty?” Jesus’s response in verse 40 calls to our own hearts and it is a call to action: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are a member of my family, you did it to me.”

In the midst of a world full of hate, anxiety and fear, where the divisions between us are growing, it is important for us to remember who we are – a child of God! When we truly identify ourselves as children of God and see those that cause us harm or those that are hurt as family, we begin to tear down the walls that separate us and work together to heal this hurtful world.

I invite you to take a chance to participate in one of the many wonderful areas of ministry at Mount Olivet where we help our neighbors in our church, community, nation, and throughout the world. “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are a member of my family you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40) – PASTOR DREW BAKKEN