Whenever you make the choice to visit someone in a nursing home or on bedrest at home, whenever you choose to send a letter or make a phone call to someone who’s sick or suffering, whenever you give of your time to serve someone in need… you are actually ministering to Christ Himself!
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.‘” — Matthew 25:35-40
This passage is often applied to working in orphanages and soup kitchens and jail ministries. But can’t it also be applied to calling the sick in your church, or spending some extra time loving your neighbor’s child, or sending a note of encouragement to someone?
Can’t it be applied to simply taking time for someone who needs a listening ear? Can’t it be applied to opening your home for fellowship with other believers (especially if you are truly unable to go out and visit them)? Can’t it be applied to praying for others, spending yourself in intercession for their spiritual and physical needs?
This is true Christian love; this is loving your neighbor as yourself.
This is ministering to Christ Himself.