Brothers and sisters
Matthew 25:34-40 – 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. 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.,I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit 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? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go visit you?’
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‘.
In my family, we have a rule of looking out for each other. Even when we were little, my brother and I would always argue over stupid things but when push came to shove, he always protected and stood up for me. A family bond is like no other.
Jesus calls every single one of us His brother and sister, regardless of where we’ve come from, what we’ve done or what we’re yet to do. Because we’re all His brother/sister, it automatically means we’re all siblings too. You’re my brother/sister, and I’m your sister.
The person you don’t get along with at school is your brother or sister. The friend who hurt and disappointed you is your brother or sister. The boy who broke your heart a few years ago is your brother. The people in prison for breaking the law are your brothers and sisters. The homeless man on the street you see every week is your brother.
What are you saying about them? How are you treating them? Is it how you would treat your own sibling? Is it how you would treat Jesus?
Are you loving them? Protecting them? Looking after them? A small act of kindness goes a long way – further than you think.
What you do for them, you do for Jesus too.