We’ve all faced them I would think. Those annoying chores or duties for others that we’d rather not perform. It could be explaining with the same type of story problem for what seems like the ten zillionth time to the student who was daydreaming the day that you taught the lesson. Perhaps it is picking up your husband’s clothes from the bedroom floor, putting away your child’s backpack, or folding a load of laundry. . . again. Maybe it is answering that phone call and listening to a friend tell you all of their cares and woes, just as he or she did the day before. I’m sure by now you can think of some of your own examples. Or perhaps, just maybe, you live in a glorious world where things like that don’t occur. If so, be sure to comment with your secret!
The other day, I was in the middle of one of those tasks, and my mind was whirling with thoughts of self-pity. “Why do I have to do this? Why am I always the servant?” My thoughts were quickly interrupted.
“Serving them is serving Me.” I repeated the words in my mind several times. Gone were the thoughts of pity. My faithful teacher Jesus was speaking to me. “Daughter, serving them is serving Me.”
My job suddenly seemed a little less tedious. As I continued to think about the words that Jesus whispered to me, a verse came to mind. Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
So, when I did the same job the next day, a smile came to my lips. After all, I was doing something for Jesus. I am certainly far from perfection, but as I have faithfully and joyfully chosen to serve others throughout this past week, those words have been brought to my mind over and over again.
“Serving them is serving Me.”
So, how will you choose to serve Jesus this week?