Back to Reach | Devotion #2: Jesus in Disguise
Gareth Volz | Senior 55+ Director
In Matthew 25:31-40, Jesus tells us how He values service. We are told in this passage that when Jesus comes to earth again as King of kings and Lord of lords in glory with all His angels, He will sit on His glorious throne and reign forever. He will gather all the nations before Him and separate those who put their faith in Him from those who rejected Him. He will judge both groups. Those who rejected Him will be banished from His presence. Those who accepted His grace by faith and became His children will be judged for the works they did for Him after their salvation.
Jesus said in these verses that when we serve others, we serve Him. He says in verse 35:
“I was hungry, and you gave me food;
I was thirsty, and you gave me drink;
I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.”
He goes on to say in verse 36:
“I was naked, and you clothed me;
I was sick, and you visited me;
I was in prison, and you came to me.”
In verses 37-39, the righteous asked:
When did we see you hungry and gave you food?
When did we see you thirsty and gave you drink?
When were you a stranger and we welcomed you?
When did we see you naked and clothe you?
When were you sick and we visited you?
When were you in prison and we came to you?
Jesus responded in verse 40 that when we did it to these the least of His brothers, we did it to Him.
So, let me ask you, how are you serving Jesus today? There are many opportunities to serve our Lord both within and outside the church. Here are some various ministry opportunities within the church:
- You can serve Jesus as a greeter at the door on Sunday, sharing a smile and letting them know how glad we are that they came to worship with us.
- You can serve Jesus as an usher, assisting folks in finding a seat and in the worship of giving.
- You can serve Jesus as part of the worship team, leading God’s people in praise and worship.
- You can serve Jesus in the nursery taking care of little ones so parents can focus on worshipping Him.
- You can serve Jesus by teaching God’s Word, whether to children, teens, young adults, couples, or senior saints.
- You can serve Jesus by being part of the prison ministry.
- You can serve Jesus by being part of the recovery ministry.
- You can serve Jesus by visiting the sick, whether in the hospital, a nursing facility, or their home.
- You can serve Jesus by leading or hosting a Growth Community.
- You can serve Jesus by helping in special outreach events like Sunday at the Fair, the Passion Play, Men’s or Ladies’ Retreats, and Wednesdays at the Park.
- You can serve Jesus by praying for others.
Outside the church we can serve Jesus in para-church ministries like Bible Study Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, serving meals to the homeless at places like Grace Centers of Hope, and sharing God’s love with your neighbors, fellow workers, friends, and family.
What we need to remember is that when we share God’s love with others by serving them, Jesus says we are serving Him. In that final judgment, when Jesus is on His throne in all His glory, He wants to honor you for what you did for and to Him. If you are already serving, keep pushing forward. If you are not serving, ask Jesus to show you where He wants you to serve Him.
There is great joy in serving Jesus – and great reward. What an honor it will be to hear Jesus say to you, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your Master” (Matthew 25:21).