He has hidden behind the porch and peeked at me from behind the shed in the back yard, I firmly believe he is the father of at least three babies because they look just like him. Yesterday I saw him and called out to him, “Don’t be afraid of me, I just want to give you a bite to eat,” he fled but I knew that as soon as I was in the house he would be back for the food I had left for him. I checked later and sure enough the food was gone. This morning I saw him lying on the sidewalk right out in front of my house, he was dead. The first thing I thought when I saw him was, “Well at least he didn’t die hungry, but he’s dead anyway.”
I know I know, it’s not spectacular or a great revelation but the thought began to turn in my mind. How many things do we do in our life that just seem to be fruitless? Then I thought about how we worry about feeding the hungry, at least I do, but what do we do to see that they are protected? Protected from what? Well, there are the freezing nights during the winter, the boiling hot days during the summer, there are drug dealers, people who kidnap the young or simply lure them into a life of sex abuse or crime by promising them a warm meal and a bed in which to sleep. The jails are full of people who have stolen so they can feed their family, sold drugs to keep a roof over their head and we feel self-satisfied because we gave money to a charity to give the “homeless” an Easter or Thanksgiving meal.
Do you think it’s important to take care of these things? Read this and then you tell me!
Matthew chapter 25: 34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’
37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’
41-43 “Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—
I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’
44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’
45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’
By the way “he” was a black cat with beautiful green eyes.