Article by Angela M. Jacobs
January 2014 Issue of Hometown Journey Magazine
Stepping out of a warm and cozy car, the blistering wind snuck between my scarf and my skin. Winter had not officially arrived, but I would have argued a different story. Every time I exhaled I looked like a bull with steam coming from my nostrils. Texans can sure handle the scorching heat, yet when we are forced to brave the thirty degree weather trend and a fierce North wind…well, that’s a different story!
All bundled up, and looking like Punky Brewster with my mix-matched winter gear, I pulled the door open to Chick-fil-A. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a man walking in from behind me. Suddenly I saw the manager greet the gentleman, along with one of the floor supervisors. I could hear mumbling, and then the three of them walked to the back corner.
After placing my catering order for my son’s basketball team, I just had to go ahead and purchase a meal for me too. You just can’t leave that place without their mouthwatering nuggets, sauce, and their famous lemonade! As I finalized the delivery details for the catering, a glow caught my eye as I fixed my eyes on a homeless man in the corner. Alone and in the back corner, he sat watching everyone else eat. His hands were crossed together as if he were praying, and his back was to the wall. The catering manager noticed that I was interested in his well-being, and she said that she had never seen him before, but the manager told him he could sit in the back to stay warm as long as he didn’t bother anyone.
As I stood there, I noticed that many of the patrons shunned their children from looking at him. People turned their backs to him and ignored him while he sat there trying to stay warm; I’m sure he was very hungry, as his bones were visible from his skin. Immediately, the bible verse came to me: The Final Judgment: 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 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. 35 For 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, 36 I 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?38 When 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, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters 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. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I 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, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Before I closed out my order, I asked the catering manager to ring me up for an extra-large meal to feed the gentleman. You see, while other people turned their nose to him, I heard God say, “That is my Angel, here on a mission from me. Who will obey my command and do unto the least of these?” She handed me the receipt and I made sure that a blessing was given to God’s angel before I left.
The truth is that I feel the angel blessed me more than I blessed him with a warm meal. Knowing that when I stand before the Royal Throne that I will hear: “My Father has blessed you! Come and receive the kingdom that was prepared for you before the world was created. (Matthew 25:34)” is the greatest blessing I can receive. The Word of God states in Luke 15 that the one lost sheep is more important than the ninety-nine sheep in the shepherd’s herd.