“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
Yesterday we asked the question, “When you look at others, what do you see?” In Mark 2, four men took their friend and lowered him into a crowded home for Jesus to heal him. These men SAW their friend for who he was, rather than how others saw him as “just a paralyzed man.”
When we see others the way Christ sees them, we can help them achieve their potential and accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God. What the story in Mark 2 shows us is that we serve God by serving others.
And serving others does not mean helping them just so they can help us. It is not an “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” proposition. Serving others is doing so without any expectation in return. God does not just want you to help those who can help you, but He wants you to help those who can do nothing for you in return.
Matthew 25:40 says, “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.’”
Oftentimes we are quick to help those who can do something in return for us. “That man is the CEO of _______, so if I help him, maybe he will give me an internship” “That guy down the street is LOADED, so maybe if I offer to mow his lawn, he’ll compensate me for it.”
We are quick to look for things we can do for those we want something from. But what about those who can’t do anything for us? Jesus wants us to help everyone. He says, “whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.” See, the person you are serving is not the extent of it. When you serve others, you are serving God, too.
Do you only serve those who can serve you, or are you willing to serve the least of these? Remember, when you do, you are serving the Lord!