These verses are just a short list of things someone (who?) has already done. So we’re not dealing with a “to do” list. You’ve already fed me and brought some water for my parched throat, some clothes to cover me. You’ve made me feel right at home, even though I was a lonely stranger when we first met and didn’t have my support network in place. Then I got sick and don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t come to the house and taken over for me. Whether I was in jail for good or bad reasons didn’t bother you. You came and visited anyway.
These tasks, which mostly require unskilled labor, are bound to be below minimum wage and not very demanding. But they can come at inconvenient times, and in my life, that is exactly when they do come. How hard can it be to boil a few dozen eggs for St. Martin’s breakfast, or bring a pitcher of iced tea in July, when I’d meant to check out a movie at the Cineplex while the early bird rates still apply? And as for taking on some of your duties when I barely have time to finish my own grocery shopping, well, …
Nevertheless, whoever recites the list sees all of these actions as a big deal. And what do they mean? Who is the speaker? The doer? For that, you need to read the whole passage, Matthew 25:31-43. I hope you love it as much as I do.