STS Tate

When We Love the Least of These

by Nicole Nieman, Children’s Ministry Assistant

As Audio Adrenaline sang: “Boys become kings, girls will be queens wrapped in Your majesty, when we love, when we love the least of these…” You know the song, but what does it mean? Matthew 25:40 (HCSB) says: “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for me.’” This verse has become very important to my family. In fact, we are teaching our three sons how to live this verse out. Whether it’s giving the homeless man sitting outside of Starbucks, or the time we didn’t have money so instead went home on a cold December night to grab a sleeping bag and Bible. We try to help in any way we are able at the time.

This has transferred to our youngest son, Tate. He recently learned how to create Japanese Samurai Men origami, and so he’s decided he will use this talent to raise money for the homeless. He has made an army of about 100 of these little men. He sets up a little table in our living room (the highest traffic area he has been to apparently) and he sells his paper army for $.01 a piece and two for one on Fridays. I’m not sure where he came up with this figure, but he has decided when he raises $0.47 he is going to give it to the homeless. Bless his little heart.

This brings me to our Serve Together Sunday. For those of you who are not familiar with Serve Together Sunday, it was a day that our church came together and packed 1,000 boxes with meals. These meals will be shipped around the world (hence John 6:35 written in 4 languages on the box), and they will also be going to local families here in Dallas.

My original plan was not to bring Tate on this Serve Together Sunday. I know, I know, I know what you’re all thinking…but hear me out. My husband was working that day and I have three kids. The thought of trying to manage all three of them through this process seemed overwhelming to me. So, I made plans for him to attend church with my brother’s family. But, the Holy Spirit intervened, and Tate came with me to serve.

As a very eager Tate and I were packing boxes of food I said to him, “Isn’t this great Tate? All these meals are going to fit in this one little box.” He looked at me with a confused look and said, “Yes, but how are they even going to open these cans.” That’s when it hit me. We have been teaching him to love the least of these, but he has only looked at the least of these as homeless. He did not realize that these boxes of food would be going to local families that need them. They could be going to kids he even goes to school with.

So, after I explained this to him it was as if I threw a can of gas on an already raging fire. He wanted to get through the line as quickly as possible to pack as many boxes as he could. Then he wanted to help load boxes on the pallets. He wanted to see how they would be shipped (would have ridden in the truck back to the Children’s Hunger Fund warehouse if I’d let him), and he wanted to help unload the boxes of food to set up the assembly line. He wanted to be part of every aspect of it! This kid got it!!!

My prayer for you is that you will read this and feel lead to also do what Jesus teaches us to do. I pray that you will also become as passionate about loving the least of these as Tate is.

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