A Higher Calling

The words of Jesus in Matthew 25:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 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, 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.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 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 25:34-40).

We have a higher calling in our Christian walk than just going to church and saying we love Jesus. We might pray the most beautiful prayers, have perfect church attendance, and participate frequently in small groups, but if we are not serving others then we are not truly loving God well. God calls us to feed the hungry, invite in the stranger, clothe the needy, care for the sick, and visit the imprisoned. What are you doing to serve others? What ways are you being obedient to the call? Breath of Life Haiti goes into poor and hopeless situations and serves those who Jesus would have. Oftentimes they aren’t the ones who are easy to serve—just the ones that need it most. Fearful and hurting mothers are served and loved. Vulnerable children are cared for and taught. What a blessing we have as God’s people. Not only are we able to serve God by serving others, but we are able to grow more and more like Him each day by doing so.

Trust God’s calling and step out to serve others. It may not mean dropping everything and going to Haiti (although it could!), but it does mean opening your heart in obedience to the plans God has for you. He may be calling you to meet someone new. He may be calling you to give financially. He may be calling you to pray fervently. Whatever it is, heed the call knowing that whatever you do for the least of these, you do for the Lord.

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About Jessica VandenBoom

Jessica VandenBoom is in her third year at Grace College and Theological Seminary. She is double majoring in Facility & Event Management and Marketing, as well as pursuing her MBA.

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