“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”Matthew 25:35–36
I know my heading and my verses are a mixture from two books [John 13:35 and Matthew 25:34–35] but this simplifies things for me when my discipleship becomes complicated by my rules, our churches rules, or our social mores.
When we meet Jesus, we will be judged simply by our love for those that needed help. We will not be judged kindly if our beautiful church building, three-hour ceremonies, epic prayers, inspiring lectures, or clarifying statements of faith are how we display our faith to the world.
Jesus wants it to be obvious who are his.
Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.John 13:34–35 (The Message)