Pastor Rick Warren is credited with the statement, “The only way you can serve God is by serving other people.” Pastor Warren’s statement can be viewed as a very concise summary of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:34-40. Read it here in the Amplified translation:
34 Then the King will say to those at His right hand, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me,
36 I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.
37 Then the just and upright will answer Him, Lord, when did we see You hungry and gave You food, or thirsty and gave You something to drink?
38 And when did we see You a stranger and welcomed and entertained You, or naked and clothed You?
39 And when did we see You sick or in prison and came to visit You?
40 And the King will reply to them, Truly I tell you, in so far as you did it for one of the least [in the estimation of men] of these My brethren, you did it for Me.” (Emphasis added).
Many of us long to live lives fully surrendered to God and to serve Him in a meaningful way; however, when we look at individuals such as the Reverend Billy Graham, our own pastors, internationally known Bible teachers and worship leaders, we feel destined, even doomed, to live a life of insignificance. I pray that the truth of Matthew 25:34-40 seeps into every fiber of your being so that the only perspective you have of what it means to serve Him is His: “You serve Me whenever you serve others,” and He adds, “Serve in love.”