There are people. The ones you don’t even have to ask. They see a need, and the next thing you know, it’s done.
And for the least of these this is exactly what we can be. The ones who see a need and get it done. The need is met. The battle won. But if you are like me, sometimes you fall victim to the everybody else syndrome.
Why should I do it?
Aren’t there other people who take care of that?
I mean surely, there are people who could do a better job meeting that need than me?
Aren’t there people who actually get paid to take care of these people?
Why should I do it when there are so many other people to do it?
I love what the Bible says in Matthew 25:40, “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.’”
Whatever you DID for the least of these you DID for me. Hard core evidence that the Lord expects us to DO things. To act when we see someone in need. As Christians, when Christ opens our eyes enough to identify a need, He equips often equips us to meet that need. Not that we are called to meet every need we see, but when we feel the Holy Spirit tug on our heart, it’s usually a good sign that we need to pray and often DO.
I am first to admit that I haven’t always enjoyed doing things for other people. In fact, selfishness wins TOO often. But when I let the Lord win, when I serve Him by serving others, I find that I am blessed.
In fact, did you know that serving others is shown to be effective in treating depression? I love how God created us. He designed us for service. To feel good when we serve others and to feel down when we don’t. God strategically wired us to receive emotional satisfaction when we serve. He is such a brilliant amazing God.
So if you are feeling down and out, or even if you are feeling up and excited, do something this week to get out and serve. It can be as easy as picking up a few pieces of trash when you visit the park. Or you could do a craft project with your kids and take something fun for the kids at a shelter or a hospital. You could take canned food to a food pantry. Or even cook a meal for a neighbor. If you don’t know what to do, ask the Lord to show you, and oh girl, He WILL!
So get ready! Get going! Get serving! Open your eyes and look for your Jesus in need. Because whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Him. When Christ opens our eyes to a need, let’s be the kind of daughters that allow Him to consider it done!