Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40 NIV)

As we observed our termly Love in Action Charity Day last week, we were reminded of the sobering words of this verse. The verse is part of a passage where Jesus is teaching his disciples about the Last Judgment. In the passage Jesus describes how, on the Day of Judgment, he will separate people like a shepherd separates sheep from goats. Those ‘on his right’, who have shown a believing regard for Jesus Christ, will inherit eternal life.

The passage underscores the importance of serving others through acts of kindness and compassion, especially the marginalised and the vulnerable, as doing so is seen as an act of service to God Himself. In this verse, we are challenged to see the divine in every person we encounter, regardless of their social status, race, gender or circumstances.

In our daily lives, God presents us with countless opportunities to serve others. Whether it is lending a helping hand to someone in need, offering a kind word to someone who is hurting, or standing up for justice and equality, every act of charity is a reflection of our love for God.
Most importantly, this verse highlights the need to serve recognising and honouring the inherent dignity and worth of every human being. It challenges us to see the face of God in the faces of those around us. May our works of charity and beneficence be a testament to the love and grace we have freely received in Jesus Christ; only then are we able to glorify God in our service.

Rev Ben Shikwati

Prep School Chaplain