“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:46
Jesus gave a parable about people being told that they served or did not serve Him when they were at the end of their life. Some were told they served Him, but did not realize it, while others did not serve Him and thought that they did. Those who had served Him by serving others, were allowed into heaven with eternal life. Those who had not served Him by serving others were condemned to hell in eternal punishment.
Helping people out is something that reaches beyond a single person. As one person is being helped, it can actually help out many others. Helping a single parent out with his children, helps him out, the children out, his workplace out, and the community out.
In the process of serving and helping others, everyone benefits. There are many people who reach out and help serve others out, while there are many who only help themselves out.
Believers are expected to help serve others. It falls under the commands given to love God and to love everyone. As a person serves another person, it is showing love to God and service to God.
God has placed everyone on this earth to be together, working together to build each other up. No man is supposed to be a complete loner.
When a believer sees a need, and has the ability to meet that need, but does not do it, he is not serving Jesus. He is rejecting Jesus, even though his words may say otherwise.
The whole purpose of serving others, is not to look good, as some are doing. It is to serve Jesus. Serving others show the love a person has for God and for others. The two greatest commandments were to love God and to love others.
As you go through your days, God will bring people into your path who have many needs. For some of those needs you will have the ability to meet them. Are you going to meet those needs?
When Jesus returns, He will look at your life and find out if you have served Him by serving others. The question will be if you really love Him or not? If you served others, you do love Him and will gain eternal life.
If you did not serve others, you did not love Him and will get eternal punishment.
I pray today that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will love people as God loves you; that you will serve others as God gives you opportunity to do so; and that you will show God’s love to others.