Wednesday 25th March              

Service

Matthew 25
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you;
or thirsty and give you a drink?”
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren,
you did it for me”.

When does ordinary action become a means to serving God?
When our action becomes our prayer.
Brother Lawrence says that we should do everything for the love of God,
and that our greatest times of busyness
should be no different from our times of prayer.
One flows into the other.

Today, see everything you do as a prayer,
and notice the difference that it makes.
……………………………………
A couple on holiday in Mexico spent most evenings around sunset,
walking along a deserted beach.
Deserted, that is, except for one old man they saw every evening walking very slowly,
stopping every few paces, bending down, picking something up,
and then throwing it into the sea.
One evening they got close enough to see what he was picking up and throwing:
It was starfish that had got washed up onto the beach with the high tide,
and he was throwing them back in one at a time, before they died.
There were hundreds and hundreds of them; it was the same thing all along that coast.
The couple asked him why he did it. “To get them back in the water” was his response.
“But there are so many” they said, “right along the coast – what difference will it make?”.
Picking up another one and throwing it in, he said:
“It made a difference for that one that one!”
The couple stopped and helped him save a few more.

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you;
or thirsty and give you a drink?” We read in today’s scripture verse
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren,
you did it for me”.

In our service to God it is the little things that matter.
Very few of us are called to do great heroic things for God,
we are all called to do the little things.
We serve God not by doing different things or religious things,
but by doing the ordinary, simple everyday things prayerfully, and lovingly.
Each task we do today will be the most important we will ever do.
Each small act of service makes a difference.