The Least of These

During Sunday worship, March 1, 2015

Immediately after the Lord spoke to me about His unfolding love, I heard His voice.

“Remember when I said ‘to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me’? Today I add: ‘to the extent that I have done it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, I have also done it to you.'”

The reference, of course, was to the parable of the sheep and the goats, speaking of Christ’s final judgment. See Matthew 25:31-46.

A series of realizations came to mind after He said this: I am the man born blind and healed by Jesus; I am the prostitute forgiven and saved from stoning; I am the cripple who was made to walk; I was Lazarus raised from the dead. Every healing, every deliverance, all of God’s forgiveness belongs to every believer. All of these things were done to all of us by the Lord.

We are not autonomous islands. Every believer affects every other in the deep way that inevitably follows being members of a body. We together are the bride of Christ, given by the Father to the Son, holy and blameless. And the Bridegroom showers gifts on His bride, as every good bridegroom gives. And every gift from the Bridegroom is given to every member of the body, which is His bride.

Likewise, every time a believer suffers, falls into sin or despair, every time a brother or sister is healed or forgiven, the entire body is affected for good or for ill.

This is the power of our every act. We don’t just do what we do to ourselves. All are touched by everything we do.

Likewise, when the Lord touches one of us in any of the many ways He works, we are all blessed by it. That is the far greater power of His every act. Even to the least of these.

But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

– 1 Corinthians 12:24-26

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