Matthew 25:41-46 – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” NIV
This is the “rest of the story” in Jesus’ prophecy about end times and judgement. The previous question had true believers surprised that in helping “the least of these,” they were helping Jesus. Here we have the flip side. People who chose not to follow Jesus were surprised when He accused them of not helping Him. They wanted to know when they encountered Him and didn’t help Him.
Again Jesus brings “the least of these” into play. By not helping “the least of these,” they did not help Jesus. Why don’t we see “the least of these?” Could it be that we are so preoccupied with seeing what we want as the center of our universe that we don’t see other people, especially “the least of these” with Jesus’ eyes?
We are accountable for treating people as Jesus would treat people if we profess to follow Him. That’s impossible without the Holy Spirit’s help. However, if we seek to do it, it can be life changing for us and for the other person.