This past weekend, some people from the fellowship went over to the home of three sisters who are orphaned and living with their grandmother. Our task was to renovate, repair, and clean the home.
I think we all knew it was going to be a challenge, but we underestimated how great of a challenge it would be. Ten of us were there for 3 hours, and though we made a lot of progress, it felt like we’d just put a dent in what we wanted to do. It was hard work, and a little bit overwhelming.
So what now? Do we call it quits because it’s tough and will take a lot of work to finish what we started? Do we throw our hands up in frustration and brush it off as “somebody else’s problem”? Or do we step up our efforts and keep plugging on?
As I’ve thought about the girls and their house, the chorus of a powerful Steven Curtis Chapman song keep coming to mind:
What will you do now that you found me?
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found?
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you remember this is right where I said I would be
You’ve found me
And I’ve remembered Matthew 25:34-40, which fortells something that will happen on judgment day:
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 to visit you?’
The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
I have found Jesus, and I’ve seen Him in the face of these girls. It’s not where I expected to see Him, but it’s Him. In the end, I want to be one of those on the right, one of those who are blessed by the Father. Which means that I will do for these sisters of His what I would do for Him.
So what now?