Jon Brown

READ : Matthew 25:31-46

. . . just as you did it to one of the least of these . . . (v. 40 NRSV)

“Come.” It is a simple word, but it carries with it all the promise of the gospel.
“Come.” It is so often on the lips of Jesus:

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens. (Matt. 11:28)

Let the little children come to me. (Matt. 19:14)

Come, you that are blessed by my Father. (Matt. 25:34)

The glorious promise of eternity with Christ is offered to those who care for the ones
with whom Christ associates himself, “just as you did it to one of the least of

With scriptures like that as evidence, the Belhar Confession is willing to proclaim,
“We believe that God, in a world full of injustice and enmity, is in a special way the God
of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged.” When we attend to the needs of the hurting
and the heartsick, the wronged and the oppressed, then our hearts resonate with the heart
of God. We experience the presence of the Christ who is present among the suffering, and
we are assured of hearing for ourselves the sound of that simple word with all its
promise: “Come.”


Lord, we humbly ask that our hearts for the “destitute, the poor, and the

wronged” would become more like yours. Amen.