I will never forget the story of the starfish. Two people are walking along the beach. As they are walking, they encounter a large number of starfish that have washed upon the shore. One of them bends down, picks up a starfish, and tosses it back into the ocean. The other person asks, “What good did that do? Look at all of them. That didn’t make a difference.” The first person replies, “It made a difference to that one.”
When Jesus returns to this earth, the Bible says that He will say to those blessed by His Father, “‘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, 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’” (Matthew 25:35-36 NIV). The righteous will ask, “‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’” (Matthew 25:37-39 NIV). Jesus 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’” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).