Matthew 25:34-40 (NLT)- “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
You can buy a meal for a friend, family member, or even a stranger. This challenge is flexible. It is simple, but simple acts of kindness can often be the best way to open doors and share your faith. Even if you buy a meal for a homeless person, hand it to them, and walk away. You are helping our society more than the person who does nothing.
Here are a couple of tips to help you adapt the challenge to fit your situation:
- If you don't have the money to buy someone else a meal, you can make one and give it to them. For example: If you make your lunch every day, bring a second helping for a co-worker who usually buys theirs. You can also make a meal and take it to someone in a less fortunate situation than your own.
- If this challenge seems too easy and you want to make it more difficult, you can spice it up with something like: Share a meal with a complete stranger. Go find someone sitting alone in a restaurant. Ask if you can eat with them. Ask them to tell you about their life, then listen.
After completing the challenge, feel free to post about your experience in the comments section below. It can be a simple comment such as: "I bought my coworker lunch." You can go into greater detail if you want to share more. Please avoid using this as an opportunity to puff yourself up. I have one fear with creating a community focused on doing good deeds. It is that the deeds themselves become more important than the love behind them. We also don't want this to become a system of self-glorification. Let's stay away from that stuff.
If you buy people meals all the time, share your “why?”. Encourage others if you are currently good at something, because next week you might be the one needing encouragement.
If you are someone who doesn't want to share a testimony. That works too. What matters is that you buy a meal for someone. Just type “Amen” if that's you.