Serving the Least of These – At Work!

This post was written by Deb Brown Maher of Deb Brown Sales. To connect with Deb, see the information in the bio at the end of this post.

Matthew chapter 25:31-46 recounts one of the last parables Jesus taught before his death and resurrection. In it, he gives insight into how we will be judged when he returns. Verses 35–36 spell out the categories that the righteous King judged by:

'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' (ESV)

Practical needs such as hunger, thirst, feeling alone, being in need of provision, suffering physically, and being in captivity are all necessities that anyone is capable of responding to. Jesus makes it clear that as we address the needs of others, it is as if we did it for him.

How can this Bible lesson be applied in the workplace? Here are some thoughts to prompt your creativity in responding to everyday needs.

A man in black stands in the middle of a group of men who have their hands placed on his arms and shoulders

Hunger and Thirst

Beyond the biological need for sustenance, people also hunger and thirst for connection, recognition, and acceptance.  We all want to be appreciated, so start cultivating the habit of expressing appreciation to and for those around you. Take a minute to acknowledge something you see and value in a colleague. Keep it short, specific, and genuine. Make eye contact when you say it and watch how immediately their countenance lifts.

Feeling Alone, Isolated

There are many circumstances that cause someone to feel alone. Seeking to understand a person and their situation can bridge that gap. Look for those who may be feeling alone or isolated at your workplace. What is the Lord prompting you to do or say that can establish a connection and demonstrate care?

Sick or In Prison

Whenever someone isn’t feeling well, is in physical pain, or suffering emotionally, being willing to pray for and with them is one of the most impactful ways to help. Offer to pray for that person right away if circumstances allow. This simple act of seeking God on that person’s behalf is powerful. It surprises me how many people have not had anyone pray for God to meet their practical needs. People rarely say no when prayer is offered. But even if they do, you can still impact their situation by praying for them on your own. You never know what door God will open next to prove that he is real to that person.

In summary, the lesson of Matthew 25:31-46 is that when we care for one another, we show our honor and respect for the Lord at the same time. Pray and ask him to show you the needs of those around you. Then, partner with him to deliver words of encouragement and acts of kindness that will demonstrate the love of God. Don’t be surprised when your relationships improve as a result of your obedience to serve the Lord by serving others in this way.

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