Recently, girl child and I went to visit a friend in the hospital. This friend is an older woman at our church who girl child is really drawn to. When we had heard she was hospitalized, I wanted to make sure girl child had the opportunity to visit for a couple of reasons.
First, friends look out for each other. It’s never too soon to teach this lesson in being a good friend. Having that friend on your mind and heart is like a quiet and constant prayer on their behalf to our Heavenly Father.
Second, “If you’ve done it to the very least of my brethren, you’ve done it unto Me”. This is a concept I want to plant deep, deep, deep down inside of our children. Help others as if they were Christ Himself.
On the way to the hospital, we were in the car listening to some Keith Green music. If you don’t know who this artist is, he was an extremely dynamic and “on fire for the Lord” musician who was tragically killed along with some of his children in a small plane crash back in the 1980s. His music is often animated and fun so the kids love to listen to it.
His music lives on and my kids particularly love “You Put This Love in My Heart” so we listen to this song on repeat quite often. Girl child asked if she could listen to a different song of his. Green has this other song that I think is completely witty and profound- very uniquely delivered and shows his unbelievable piano talent throughout. It’s called “The Sheep and the Goats” and the message is both Biblical and clear: “If you’ve done it to the very least of my brethren, you’ve done it unto Me”.
Find this song on YouTube and take a listen…it’s a little long but it’s a great listen; it so perfectly describes this concept and how we will be divided like sheep and goats when Christ returns.
I say all of this to say that I prepped girl child before we listened to this song because there’s a few parts that sound a little intense and I wanted her to know what was going on rather than be distracted by the intensity.
She absolutely loved this song and to my amazement, she completely understood what the singer was saying- what the Bible was saying. Even better, as we were walking out of the hospital after our visit, she understood again that what she did for her friend, she did for Christ. She said, “I’m a sheep!”
To serve others, to feed them a meal, to clothe them, to visit them in the hospital is to do those things to Christ Himself.
And He notices every single time.