When I was Hungry, Did You Feed Me?

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Something that has changed in me over the last few years is not thinking about myself. I was one of those Christians that often thought about myself and what God could do for me. In the past few years I have encountered Christians who love people and put others before themselves. Some have even given up normal jobs to take care of the needs of others, such as the homeless. I know many Christians today do not really think about it as a necessary thing because we know we are not saved by works.

Eph 2 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast.

The thing is we see scripture throughout the word of God that say that works are important.

Matt 25

34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For 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, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

The Holy Spirit began to show me how these scriptures work together. That it’s not the works that will save you but when you truly have the Love of Christ, you will begin to do “works” for other people through that very same love. It’s more a matter of the heart. If you truly do have the love of Christ it will pain you to even see someone who is without.

1 John 3 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

I say this to you guys… help someone. Use your money to love someone, use your time to visit someone, use your relationship with Christ to love others.

Praise Jesus!

Here are pictures of my family. The homeless people I hang out with on the streets.

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About Omar Carter

Hey Guys, My name is Omar and I'm just here to love through Christ teachings. View all posts by Omar Carter

3 responses to “When I was Hungry, Did You Feed Me?

  • Amber

    That is wonderful Omar. I can only imagine the amount of homelessness in a city like New York. Being in the country I don’t see an amount that large but they exist. It’s always good to help them. An awesome thing to do.

  • Kegan

    Keep up the good work,great example, very encouraging to anyone who see this

  • Dilia

    A “time” that stays with me as a constant was when I was visiting San Francisco a while back.In Australia “homelessness” is not in your face as is there.Indeed it was so confronting for me to be in the midst of this crisis!As I was sitting down enjoying a very early morning coffee down on the pier I was approached by “Bill”.His demeanour was quiet and calm as he asked me for a few coins to “get him by”.I was so “drawn” to this person and asked wether he would join me for breakfast….I preferred to get him food rather than money for at least this way I knew that he would eat rather than spend the money on cigarettes or alcohol.

    We sat togeather for over an hour eating and talking.He had been homeless for twenty years,was 75 and had fought in the Korean War (thus the psychological problems) was from Philadelphia and had gotten off a bus in San Fran 17 years ago.All the while he spoke quietly and “matter of factly”.Eventually he had to be somewhere….lol.As he walked away he turned back and grabbed my hand saying” that if ever I needed help at any time while I was in San Fran to just ask for Bill (apparently he was well known!) and that he would be there for me” His parting words were….”God Bless you for talking with me”.To this day as I recall that “moment” the tears flow,I am greatly humbled for I was the one that was blessed indeed in meeting this unassuming and calm gentleman…his name is Bill and I was privelaged to have met him.

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