35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
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.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)
This week will be a hectic one for Libby because we will consider a difference Discipline each day. Believe it or not, this is the final week before Holy week and we have 5 more Disciplines to consider. Today we will focus on the Discipline of Service and we have a question from Ayesha. As a reminder, you will play the part of Libby and share your thoughts on the challenges people are facing. Libby is not expected to be an expert. Rather, Libby simply shares from personal and practical experiences. So, please feel free to chime in even if you have questions yourself. Also, even if you don’t have the time to share, think about how you have addressed the challenge in your life or how you would address it in the life of a loved one.
Please review the Bible passage above and Ayesha’s challenge below.
I heard a Bible teacher once say that most Christians say they will be committed to acts of service, until they meet the people they must serve. I think the teacher was talking about me. People can be mean, deceitful, ungrateful and sometimes even dangerous. It seems as if all the mushy Hallmark moments never come my way. So, I have become wary of service unless the circumstances are very risk free and totally within my comfort zone. Sometimes, deep inside I ask myself, “Why take chances?”
On the other hand, sometimes when I take the time to reflect, I don’t feel good about my reticence, cynicism and fear. I see that there is so much need. I want to grow stronger in this area. What would you suggest?
Anxious to serve,
What thoughts would you like to share with Ayesha?