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 naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ — Matt 25:37-39 NET
True goodness is not conscious of itself. Moses did not know that his face shined. The noblest Christians put the lowest value on their own good works. No doubt many of the commendations and rewards of the righteous in the judgment, will be surprises to them. They keep no record of their own good deeds. Their own sense of personal unworthiness, hinders their seeing anything worthy in their humble services.
Besides, we do not see Christ in the lowly and the suffering ones who come before us needing our love and help; we see only poor, sick, unfortunate people, with no outshining of glory, no hints of nobility, no marks of heavenly beauty.
There is a picture which, seen in ordinary light–shows only a very poor man dying in a miserable, garret, with tokens of abject poverty on all sides; but seen in another light–it shows a throng of angels waiting to bear a child of God up to glory!
Just so, we do not see things as they are! Jesus Himself is ever before us in lowly disguise! We are unconsciously serving the Master Himself, whenever we do any humble service of love in His name. Every true Christian is preparing for himself many a blessed surprise of reward and glory–when he enters the fuller, richer life of heaven, where all the results of service, and all the fruits of kindness–shall be revealed!
Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!” Matthew 25:34
Daily Comfort - May 23
Public domain content taken from Devotional Writings by J.R. Miller.