Christianity doesn’t just turn the world upside down; it also turns our own personal worlds upside down. Properly understood and embraced, Christianity radically changes our personal values and priorities. It changes how we see things and how we see people. Followers of Christ focus on the lost, the least and the last.
The world around us says that what is important is what we have. But Jesus says we should pay attention to what we don’t have. Whether it’s a lost coin, a lost sheep, or a lost son, the one we are missing is always worth seeking and finding.
As we go through life, we tend to see the people we already know (most of whom are Christians) while not even noticing the hundreds of lost people we pass by. Jesus told His disciples, “Open your eyes and look at the fields!” If we will do that, we will see the thousands of people around us who don’t go to any of our churches and are desperately in need of Jesus.
The world around us values the rich, famous and powerful people. But Jesus said the poor, weak, and hurting masses are the ones who are really important.
Jesus said there will come a day when rewards will come to those who took care of the hungry, the thirsty, the strangers, the naked, the sick, and the imprisoned. “When you did it to one of the least of these,” the King will say, “you were doing it to me.”
That’s why TRBA’s Food Pantry, Jail Ministry and Family Visitors’ Center at the prison complex are so vital. They are ways that we can show love to the least of these.
In a marathon, all the spectators are there to applaud the first runners who cross the finish line. By the time the last ones straggle across—sometimes hours later—there are few left to cheer them.
It’s different in the world of missions. We are all standing by waiting to see the last unreached people groups finish the race. Jesus promised His return will come after the Gospel is preached to all the nations.
Revelation 7:9 tells us that the multitude gathered around the throne in heaven will include people from every nation, every language, every tribe. I’m anxious to see who comes in last.
Looking for the lost, least, and last,