WITNESSING: TO A HUNGRY, THIRSTY WORLD

In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus talks about the final judgment. Christians have a responsibility to care for our fellowmen.  Here is an abbreviated dialog from the cited scripture:

Verse 34: “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of my father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you….for I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink…..”

Verse 37: “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink….?”

Verse 40: “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.” NKJV

Suppose you saw a young man with a backpack at McDonald’s.  He is not eating but just looking around.  It appears that he is traveling through; perhaps he is hungry and doesn’t have money to buy food.  You are enjoying your lunch.  What if you approached the man and asked him if he was hungry and would like a meal?  He quickly said, “Yes”.  You bought him a meal and perhaps felt very righteous as you returned to your seat and the enjoyment of your meal.

Knowing Hebrews 13:2: “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels”. ; might you be pleased?  Maybe a little.

However, John 6:35 tells us, “And Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life.  He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”

It haunts me that I didn’t introduce that young man to my Savior, Jesus.  I gave him food.  But, I neglected to tell him about the Bread of Life: Jesus Christ.