What can man do for God who has everything and no need? Must we take care of all those around us because God is unable? Was St. Teresa of Avila right saying, “Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” Ever since Jesus ascended to Heaven, has there been no ability of God to do the things He did through Jesus? How can we carryout such a great task, that wearied the Son of God? What did Yeshua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) say about serving God?
Yeshua gives four scenarios that describe the judgment of His servants. The first deals with the end that comes quickly and unannounced. “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” (Matt. 24:45-46) The wicked will not expect the Lord’s return, and beat their fellow servants, serve themselves eating and drinking, and then be cut to peices and sent to torment.
The second involves ten virgins with oil lamps waiting for the Bridegroom to come. Five were wise and brought extra oil, but five were foolish and ran low on oil, “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ (Matt. 25:10-12)
The third involves a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. The servants who produced a return were rewarded, but a wicked servant replied, “So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest… For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them and they will be cast out. (Matt. 25:25-30)
In the final judgment, the King will say, “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.” (Matt. 25:35-36) The Righteous ask when did we do these things for you, and “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.'” (Matt. 25:40) The wicked who did not help those in need were sent away to eternal punishment.
In the first story we see that faithful diligence in our duty is expected rather than selfish pursuit. In the second, it is wisdom and endurance as we wait upon the Lord that is rewarded, but those with folly and a cavalier attitude will be left out. In the third, we see that servants who put their gifts to work recieve a reward, while the timid, fearful, and self-righteous are punished. The last story addresses service to others as though it was done to the Lord Himself, with failure bringing eternal punishment.
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.” ( 1 Cor. 14:1) “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your spiritual service.” (Romans 12:1 ASV) God demands perfection from us which is fulfilled through faith in Yeshua’s sacrifice, and through the impartation of His indwelling Holy Spirit and obedience to His prompting we live for Him. (Rom. 5:5; 7:6; 8:3-6, 13-14, 26-29; Gal. 5:22-25; 6:8; Eph. 3:20-21) This is service to God, loving Him and others as our self.