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To The Least of These

To The Least of These

Have you ever heard someone say, “Wait just a minute?” Well, sometimes a minute can seem like a long time. Other times, a minute seems to just fly by. This morning I have brought a timer with me to help us know exactly how a long a minute is. When I say GO! I want you to see how many things you can think of that you like to eat. Are you ready? GO! [minute passes] ?Did you think of a lot of good things to eat? I did. I thought about fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, pizza, cookies, ice cream, chocolate, green thai curry. ? What did you think of that you like to eat? Did you know that in that one minute while we were thinking about all the good things we like to eat, somewhere in the world 17 people died from hunger? Of those 17 people that died, 13 of them were children…boys and girls just like you. More people go to bed hungry each night than all the people who live in Australia – in fact 40 times more. !! That’s more people than I can think of – that’s a lot of people!!

One day, Jesus was speaking to some people. He said, “I was hungry, & you gave me something to eat…I was thirsty & you gave me a drink.” “When did we do that?” they asked. Jesus answered them, “If you did it for one of the least of my children, you did it for me.” Because we all belong to Jesus – he’s really saying that whatever we do – or DON’T do – for someone else – we’re doing it – or NOT doing it – for Jesus. Even though we get hungry – we know that there will be food to eat – something yummy that our mums or dads make for us. When we get cold we know we have warm clothes in our bedroom. When we’re tired we know we can sleep in our own warm beds. We have a lot to be thankful for, don’t we?

There are lots of people who don’t have enough to eat – or warm clothes – or a warm bed. One of the ways we can share what we have with people in need is by bringing some food to put in this basket on Sundays. Or putting some money in this bag [ offertory bag]. This is used to help people who don’t have enough to eat – or a warm bed. Maybe you can think of some other ways we can help. When we share what we have with others – it’s the same as doing it for Jesus!

PRAYER Lord Jesus, you have given us so much. We ask that you give us hearts that are generous so we might share with others in your name. Amen.