Tuesday, October 24 – Matthew 25:35-40

Oct 23, 2023

“‘For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? And when did we see You as a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of Mine, you did it for Me.’”

 

What are some of your common daily tasks? These likely include driving your car, brushing your teeth, or cooking a meal. These things are habitual to us. If someone said, “I saw you driving your car the other day,” you would probably ask for details like “Where was I? What time of day was it?” for clarification. This passage is not specific instruction on how to serve but an emphasis on the frequency of service. A life with Christ should be a life of habitual service; it should be second nature to us like driving a car or brushing our teeth. These places of service are ones you intentionally have to go out of your way to see the need and serve. Service means more than helping when it is convenient or in the area where we feel the most gifted. It means stepping out of our way and looking out for the needs of others to serve in ways that are costly.

 

The encouraging part is that this service is not a guilt trip that God holds over us but a way He invites us to join in the work He is doing. Philippians 2:13 says, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to desire and to work for His good pleasure.” He who has called you to this task is ready and able to equip you and show you the areas you can regularly serve Him.

 

  • What areas do you currently serve? How regularly do you serve?
  • Why is it tempting to only serve in areas we feel naturally gifted in?
  • Pray and ask God to show you regular opportunities to serve.
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