How Can I Serve the Lord Today?

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared   for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Matthew 25:35-36

And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ Matthew 25:40

Are you a part of the ‘service’ industry mentioned in Matthew 25? Are our actions a consistent testament to our broad name tag, ‘Christian’? Or is it hidden in a wallet or purse for special occasions only?

As a wife and a mother, I’d like to think that what I do for my family throughout the day is appreciated. But do I serve my husband and children for a pat on the back, a high-five, a parade with confetti and streamers or for the glory of God? Is He who I get up in the morning for? Is God here in my home, too?

Responsibilities shouldn’t negate our service. Our roles, no matter how different, aren’t minor, they’re major, brought forth and valued by God. The caregiver who attends to the disabled, the social worker who aids in keeping a family together, the son or daughter who helps with a bed ridden parent, yes those are responsibilities but they are also acts of service carefully measured by Jesus.

We Christians are walking, talking, living, breathing billboards for Christ. Billboards are everywhere, they are out there soliciting us to take notice, even if just for a couple of moments before we pass by. Now think about the ones you actually remember. They address a cause you’re interested in, a need you have or a passion you want to fulfill.

Promoting the kingdom of God through the service of others works in a greater capacity than that. The homeless gentleman on the street may not remember you personally, but he’ll remember someone fed him. The young person waiting at the bus stop may go on to forget your name, but they’ll remember the encouraging words and the handshake. The mom in the grocery store with three children who you gave money to for food may walk right pass you later on, but she’ll remember God provides.

Our opportunities to be of service never end. We’re soldiers whether we signed up for it, were drafted in, or were forced into it kicking and screaming. We’re soldiers of service now.

So let’s go Christians, it’s not a crime to be disinterested to the needs of others, but it is a disservice.

Tahlitha Chadwick

Photo Credit: 316th ESC

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10 comments

  1. I need to remember this at all times…even with those difficult.

  2. Hi Ginny. No it’s not easy but we’re all better for it when a need is met.

  3. Tahlitha . . .I loved this and how you put it, about how they may not remember us. But then, that’s not important. It’s Him we want them to remember and be drawn to. Not us. 🙂 God bless you as you serve Him today, and bless many!

  4. Thank you Debbie, for your kind words.

  5. Tahlitha,
    I wanted to click “like” five times on this, this is so spot on, thank you. We have come to think as a people that when we give a gift someone owes us some gratitude, or a favor, or a gift of equal or greater value, which is contrary to everything Jesus came to teach us, We are to love on others and meet their needs as though we were serving Jesus personally. We wouldn’t be pushing for a pat on the shoulder if it were Him personally that we were serving, but rather the chance to breathe the same air. Anyway, you said it perfectly, and thank you. God Bless you and your family-Jim

  6. Thanks Jim, you’re a blessing. “…but rather the chance to breath the same air.” Awesome. God bless you and your family as well.

  7. “Walking billboards for Christ” – I love how you put that. The church I go to is doing a series right now titled “Walk Across The Room”. The idea is to share God’s message with those who don’t know Him. They emphasize that reaching people is as simple as walking across the room, listening and caring. Experiencing God’s love through our actions just might reach a heart open to the message.

  8. That’s wonderful Janna, just being around others can be our best display of Jesus Christ. I pray all the glory to Jesus in your church series and that it continues to bring people closer and closer to the love of God. Wonderful work.

  9. I love that “walking talking billboards”…and makes you wonder…what’s written on other peoples billboards?

    Sherline 😀

  10. Thanks Sherline.

    I don’t think we necessarily have to wonder about the ‘billboards’ of others. God displays Himself differently in all believers.

    Thanks for the encouragement young lady!

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