"The King 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
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 offered water? When did they ever provide 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? Then the King explained, "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."
Significant service to God is seldom high and mighty; rather, it is lowly and humbling. God honors our 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. He smiles even broader when we buy only the clothes we need and use the money for those in need. 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. Let us remember that every act of service is significant to God.
Father, it's easy to think that our service is worthwhile only when it is from the "stage" 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.