A story has it that a young man had felt a call to go work with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He was ready to begin.
Here is the first conversation this young man had with Mother Teresa upon his arrival.
Mother Teresa: “Why have you come here?”
Young man: “I have come to help take care of the poor and the needy.”
Mother Teresa: “Young man, wrong reason. Go home.”
Young man: “What do you mean wrong reason?”
Mother Teresa: “Young man, if you have not come here to love Jesus you will fry. But, if you have come here to love Jesus, you will find him dressed in the distressing disguise of the poor . . . as you start to work with the poor and the needy, you will find Jesus in a new way–you will find him in the distressing disguise of the poor.”
Chip M. Anderson, advocate for biblical social action; pastor of an urban church plant in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT; husband, father, author, former Greek & NT professor; and, 19 years involved with social action.