Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. (Matt. 25:34)

One night when Robert Louis Stevenson was young, his nanny called him to bed. Oblivious to her summons, he stood staring at something outside his nursery window. The nanny asked, “Robert, what are you looking at?” He pointed to the lamplighter setting the streetlamps ablaze. “Look, Nanny! That man is putting holes in the darkness!”

When we serve others like Jesus described in today’s passage, we illuminate our surroundings. By “putting holes in the darkness” we also give the earth’s inhabitants a peek into the kingdom God prepared for His people since the creation of the world.

Do you think Jesus calls us to serve others only because people need our assistance? My experience has resulted in more than filling a need. He calls us to help others because of what happens to us when we serve—humility blossoms in our hearts and our character grows and matures. Jesus’ message reveals what a difference a simple, kind gesture makes. When we shine our light on those around us, the melodious words of Jesus—“Come, you who are blessed by my Father”—will brighten each day.

Serve others and watch God’s promises come alive in your life.

Susan Browning Schulz is a wife and active mom of three grown children. She lives riverside in northwest Georgia and loves leading her small group.