“And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me” (Matthew 18:5).
Jesus personifies how our mission as the church is fulfilled—identifying with the weak, the needy, those with no status. So connected was he to the likes of these, he would say, “To the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me” (Matt.25:40). Where are “these” found? Within your family, at school, work, your neighborhood, if you have eyes to see, you will find those deemed little and insignificant by everyone else. If you truly want to deal constructively with your earthly, ambitious desires, identify these individuals and redirect your energies to caring for them. Point your arrows toward their need and your selfish desires, preoccupations, and self-obsession will find fulfillment in ways you would never have expected.