A common tactic in churches like ours is to keep us so busy that we have no time for our natural family or friends from the neighborhood or workplace. Nearly every day of the week along with every holiday is filled with church activities leaving no time to reach out to the lost. No time to minister to the hurting family member. No time to go help the elderly neighbor with some yard work. No time to go to the work-related activity. We (proudly) let every one know we are going to be with our church family. Sorry Mom. Sorry Grandpa. Sorry neighbor. No time for you.
But God says, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me. Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matthew 25:35-40).