Reading: Matthew 8:14-15
“When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.” (NIV)
Serving the Lord is every Christian’s mission. Loving the Lord, loving mankind–spreading Christ’s gospel of love and salvation to the crowning glory of His creation, in tandem with practical love.
Where and when can we start? Here and now. In emulating how Christ lived his life on earth—with his speech full of grace, his ministry of compassion, and in proclaiming the kingdom of God. We are already equipped, in good health or not–to live with grace, peace, contentment, generosity and the inner joy that comes from knowing that He has redeemed us by resurrecting from the dead.
We know that this short, earthly life that is passing away is just ushering in the eternal kingdom of God governed by His righteousness and justice. Are we so caught-up with ticking the boxes in our bucket list? Where does our time go?
If there is something that we love doing so much, how can we serve God through it? Each of us is in a unique position to serve the Lord. Do we see the opportunities that the Lord opens up for us to tell others of His salvation? When we ourselves are so overwhelmed with what God has done for us, these things no longer come with effort, but just overflow from our speech and actions.
Christ is no longer here in bodily form, but let us remember the passage in Matthew 25 when the Lord will say, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ (NIV).