Caring for the Poor and Jesus

One of the most sobering and motivating passages in all the Bible is found in Matthew 25:34-40, where Jesus is speaking about the time when He will come to judge everyone…

“The King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 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 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.’”

In this passage, Jesus tells us that when we help those who are poor, hungry, sick and in prison, we are actually helping Christ Himself! 

May all of us seek to meet the needs of the poor!  

In Christ,

Howard Dayton 



Howard is the founder of Compass—finances God’s way and author of five books and six small group studies. He graduated from Cornell University and served two and a half years as a naval officer. But after a business partner challenged him to study the Bible to discover what God teaches about handling money, Howard’s life was profoundly changed. Since beginning in ministry, he has served as a full-time volunteer and has led more than 75 small groups. Howard married Beverly in 1971, and had two children and four grandchildren before she went Home to be with the Lord. In 2019, Howard remarried. He and his wife, Lynn, reside in Central Florida and Charleston, South Carolina.

2 thoughts on “Caring for the Poor and Jesus

  1. What impresses me about this verse is that the “righteous” helped those in need from a Spirit of love, not because they would receive “bonus points” from God. This passage is the gospel in seven verses — grace, not works, is the path to salvation, and when we receive that grace our lives will reflect Him.

    1. Very true, Jeffery. His grace is enough. Let it abound in you. Thank you for reading!

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