Serve Jesus Today
Read Matthew 25: 31-46
"Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me."
Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)
As a pastor, Teresita Matos-Post, from Florida, is always looking for ways to serve others. Sometimes that yearning transports her mind to faraway places, and she imagines the strangers she might encounter there. She often wonders: How can I prepare to serve people well in the name of Jesus?
In a season when she was feeling disappointed about her ministry, she wondered whether she was fulfilling her life's purpose and calling. That day, she heard someone say that our purpose is to help others go through life. The next morning, as Teresita prepared breakfast and lunches, she helped her five-year-old get ready for school. gave her medicine, comforted her, and made sure she was wearing enough clothes for the cold weather. Amid this sacred chaos, it dawned on her: I am here to serve her in Jesus' name.
That morning, Teresita remembered that our purpose as Christians is to help those closest to us in any moment. Helping others in faraway places is important, but we are Jesus' diligent hands and feet every day in all the places we find ourselves.
Prayer: Loving Jesus, help us be present to those closest to us today so that our service may be a reminder of your love for the world. We pray in Your name. Amen.