HE ATE MY LUNCH
Matt. 25:35-36 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.
I was between jobs at Bible School, you know the chicken ranch job and the tree planting job, and I went to “Manpower” to look for work for that one day. There was no work and I was headed home just before lunch time. On my ride back to the house from town, I picked up a homeless guy who was hitch hiking. I witnessed to him for the half hour ride and was getting ready to drop him off at the next turn. That’s when I heard the still small voice inside, “Give Him your lunch”. You see I had my bag lunch under the seat. That particular lunch was especially valuable to me, there was no more food at the house. I was going to get a pay check and get groceries the next day but I knew the cupboard was bare at the house. As I tried to forget and ignore what I thought I heard it came again as I stopped “Give him your lunch.” As the man climbed out of the car I reached under the seat and gave him my lunch, in my mind, my last lunch. As I drove off I had the mixed feelings of contentment at obeying the Lord and resentment feeling the hunger pains of a hungry young man. As I drove home I tried to reflect on what I had been taught at school, “When you have done it to the least of these you have done it unto me.” Albert Barnes spoke about this truth in his commentary.
“I was an hungered – The union between Christ and his people is the most tender and endearing of all connections. It is represented by the closest unions of which we have knowledge. This is a union – not physical, but moral; a union of feelings, interests, plans, destiny; or, in other words, he and his people have similar feelings, love the same objects, share the same trials, and inherit the same blessedness. Hence, he considers favors shown to his people as shown to himself, and will reward them accordingly. They show attachment to him, and love to his cause. By showing kindness to the poor, the needy, and the sick, they show that they possess his spirit, for he did it when on earth; they evince attachment to him, for he was poor and needy; and they show that they have the proper spirit to outfit them for heaven.”
When I got home, only five minutes later, I soon realized the lesson the Lord was trying to teach me. You see on my porch as I drove up to the house was an unexpected box. I quickly opened the box, realizing it was from my mom in New Orleans. To my surprise it was loaded with food. It had everything from canned hams to canned vegetables to cookies, it was an absolute gold mine of delicious goodies. I learned a great lesson that day from the man who ate my lunch, “It is more blessed to give than it is to receive.”