for Jesus

by Pastor Mark Jordan

“The King will answer, ‘Whenever you did it for any of my people, no matter how unimportant they seemed, you did it for me.'” (Matthew 25:40, CEV)

I had a humbling experience yesterday. I went to help out with Backpack Buddies shopping. It was early, misty, and a little confusing since it was my first time helping shop. As we tried to load the vehicles before the bottom fell out of the sky, someone stopped us on the sidewalk. This person asked, “Are you Backpack Buddies?” We said we were. This person then asked to hug our necks, so we stopped what we were doing and shared an embrace. This person mentioned that a few years ago, the children in their family were recipients of Backpack Buddies bags during a difficult time, and it was such a blessing for them.

For me, the world seemed to stop in that moment. All the work that goes in to preparing those bags — shopping and setting up on Mondays, packing on Tuesdays, and delivering on Thursdays — was blessed on the sidewalk of a supermarket. I was immediately reminded of today’s verse about how when people do things for others, it is done for Jesus Himself. I definitely had a spring I my step the rest of the morning, and especially as we returned to The Well’s facilities to organize the goods for today’s packing party. I pictured how each juice box, granola bar, fruit pouch, fruit snack, box of raisins, mac-n-cheese, can of Spaghettios, corn, and beanie weenies wasn’t just going to help bless a child, but bless the name of Jesus.

What can you do today for someone else? Picture how that deed is also done for Jesus. It can change a heart, beginning with your own.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the blessing of sharing your love with others. Help me to remember that whenever I do someone for someone else, I’m also doing it for you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.