Matthew 25:31,34-40 (NIVUK)
31 ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne…
34 ‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 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 invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”
37 ‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”
40 ‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
The parable of the sheep and goats is one that has been much debated over the centuries, but what is clear is that it reveals that God identifies with those in need: the hungry, thirsty and naked. There is a very real sense that to care for those caught up in such trouble, is to care for God. To act, is to worship.
Spirit, show me some way that I can worship through action today.