Leviticus 8-10 Matthew 25:31-46
“Then the King will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me.’ … “Then the King will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, anything you refused to do for even the least of my people here, you refused to do for me.’” (Matthew 25:40,45 NCV)
These verses come from a picture of the last judgment that Jesus paints for us in this story. People are separated into two groups: sheep and goats. The sheep have made a habit out of looking for ways to serve people; the goats have made a habit out of looking for God so that they can serve Him. The message of Jesus is very clear. Too many of us are looking so hard for God that we don’t see Him when He shows up in front of us. We don’t serve God by going to a royal palace and bowing before Him; we serve Him by kneeling to help those who seem least like God.
In one of Jesus’s teachings He noted that when you do things to be recognized by men, you get your reward. If you want to serve God, don’t expect or hope for public attention. Find those who can’t return the favor, look for those who are overlooked by society, serve without thought of recognition. Our job is to meet needs. Our job is to love people like Jesus did.
Lord, lead me to people I need to serve. Let me show them Your love as I meet their needs.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.