It was time for the King’s people to enjoy their reward. The King told them how much he appreciated their service. There were times, he explained, that he was hungry and thirsty, a stranger and in need of clothes, sick, and in prison. Each time his people met his need.
The people were thankful but a little confused. When had they ever seen the King hungry and provided food, or thirsty and provided water? When did they ever give clothes to the King? They never remembered a time when they looked after the King when he was sick or visited him when he was imprisoned. When did they ever do these things?
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Significant service to God is seldom high and mighty; rather, it is low and humbling. God honors giving money, providing food, and serving meals at the homeless shelter. God smiles when we clean out our packed closets and give good clothes to the poor or when we buy only the clothes we need and use our resources for others. Tending to a sick friend is not wasted time in God’s sight. And visiting those in prison…those who need a message of forgiveness and grace…are times of weighty service. Every act of service is significant to God.
- Remind us that everything we have comes from you.
- Teach us to be generous with what you have graciously given us.
Father, it’s easy to think that our service is worthwhile only when it is seen by others. Give us your heart for service. Remind us often that when we serve others, we are really serving you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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