Matthew 25:31 - 46
We are all called into the service of our Lord and this is a fact that is placed upon the life of every believer. But what kind of service is that? Well it doesn't take long in our Christian walk before we learn that the type of service that we give can be
different for each and every one of us. We become very aware that we all have different God given talents that can, and should, be used mightily in His service. However different our talents might be, there are still some basic truths concerning God's call to service that we should all consider.
The first truth is that He calls us to a loving service. We serve a loving God. God's love however, is not just a feeling it also involves action. Consider one of the most familiar verses in the Bible.............For God so loved the world (John 3:16).............there's the feeling and then.................. that He gave His one and only Son.............there's the action. God's love is a demonstrative love. It is living and active. So the first truth then is that our call to a loving service has to be living and active. We too are to give, sacrifice and serve others in any way that we can.
The second truth is that we are called to a simple service. We don't have to fix all the worlds problems in one go, we don't have to be some kind of super saint with a vast abundance of spiritual gifts, our simple service should be carried out in a simple fashion maybe just one person at a time. Look at the service call that Jesus equates in Matthew 25:35 - 36 they are all simple things that any one of us could carry out in the service of His kingdom. So we need to keep it simple. It wont be without cost, for helping the helpless never is, but remember that Jesus paid a high price for helping us in our sinfulness. So lets keep it simple.
The third truth is that God will judge us based on our service. You will not doubt recall that Jesus told a story of separating the sheep from the goats in Matthew 25:32 -33. The sheep were those who responded to acts of loving service and the goats were those who didn't. As Christians every act of kindness or neglect that we do is directed towards Him personally and we will be judged accordingly. We have a responsibility to help those whom we come across who are in need and we cannot hand over that responsibility to someone else or some other organisation, be that church or government. I am convinced that during our lifetime God will place many people across our path who need help and we will be judged on how we respond. I also know that more often than not we will receive no thanks or recognition for what we have done for those in need, but those acts will not go unnoticed and they will bring blessings to both us and those we serve.
The final truth is that I believe that God will bless our loving service however small and insignificant it may seem to us. God will take what we have given to Him in service and, just like that little boy in the feeding of the 5000, He will bless and multiply what we give Him in the service of His kingdom. When we hand what we have over to God it is just awesome to see what He can do with it.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, wrote this:
Do all the good you can
By all the means you can
In all the ways you can
In all the places you can
To all the people you can
As long as ever you can.
May this be the way in which we live and are recognised by all the people that we meet each and every day.
Lord thank you for showing us the way of true service and help us as we go about our daily business to be ever vigilant and to respond to the needs of others. As we serve in humility may our Christian service be such that it is of real value for the furtherance of your kingdom. Amen