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.’ Matthew 25:40
When the seminary students arrived for class that day, the professor, Dr. Smith, placed on the wall a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Then she told the students: “Draw a picture of someone you dislike or someone who has made you angry,” and then she said, “I’ll let you throw darts at the person’s picture.”
Sally’s friend drew a picture of the girl who had stolen her boyfriend. As she drew the picture of her former friend, she put a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on her face.
One by one they took turns, each placing their picture on the target and then throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were torn apart.
As Sally waited for her turn, Dr. Smith announced that the time was over and asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat there, she became angry that she didn’t have a chance to throw any darts at her target until Dr. Smith removed the target from the wall.
Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.
The only words Dr. Smith spoke were these:
Matthew 25:40 (NIV) ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
No other words were spoken. No other words were necessary. Tears filled the eyes of every student as they focused on the torn face of Christ.
Let me assure you that no matter how you see others, God the Father sees you through Christ and loves you. His cross says, “I value you. You are appreciated. I had you on my heart when I was hanging on the cross.”
Father, create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within. Do not cast me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me. Help me, Holy Spirit, to see everyone in Jesus’ name. Amen.