When you serve someone in Jesus’ name, you serve Jesus. The two are one and the same. That is why we focus so much attention on creating environments where people can serve God. Everyone’s faith story should contain chapters where they are living out their faith through action for others.
Jesus served those who were “on the margins” of his culture: the sick, the poor, the rejected and the despised. He came to serve us by giving his life as a ransom, dying on the cross and then raising from the dead.
He taught his followers - the eyewitnesses that saw his actions - that He expects us to serve, too.
Our Serve25 Ministry is based on Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:34-40:
“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.’