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.”
When we serve others we are serving Jesus. That really puts things into perspective. It may sound crazy, but it really is the perfect opportunity to serve Christ. Think about it. If Jesus was standing on the corner asking for money for a meal would we dismiss him as quickly as we do the homeless man? What if Jesus was walking through a parking lot carrying a ton of groceries and a baby on His hip? Would we walk hastily right past Him, or would we stop and lend a hand? If Jesus asked us to cook dinner on Wednesday night for the church would we be too busy, or would we step up and do it? Yikes. I definitely struggle in that area. I am the person that brings store bought cookies on Wednesday nights. Not the good ones with icing and sprinkles either. I bring Chips Ahoy. It’s shameful really. I know I need to try harder. I wouldn’t bring Jesus Chips Ahoy. I would bring him cookies with extra chocolate chips that were homemade. It’s time to start treating others as esteemed as we would Christ. It’s really easy to get so caught up inside of our own little world that we shrug off helping others and don’t even realize it. In today’s modern society our minds are going ninety to nothing the majority of the day. When we are walking through the parking lot we are more than likely looking down at our phone checking emails. Guilty. It’s time for me, and for you, to look up and look around. There are opportunities all around us to extend a helping hand. I guarantee if we knew that Jesus was going to be in the parking lot needing help we would chunk our phone to the bottom of our purse and run to him. We would sprint. So let’s try a little harder. Let’s look around and reach out to our brothers and sisters. After all, they are a part of Christ.
Dear God, please help me remember today that when I am helping others – I am in fact helping you. When I extend my hand in grace to my neighbor – I am extending my hand to you. And that’s awesome. It really is. I am thankful for any opportunity that you send my way in which I can serve you. Amen.