“Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” ~Matthew 25:31-40
What did Jesus mean when he said that? This refers to those in a variety of situations. They include the hungry, thirsty, impoverished, sick and imprisoned. Jesus said those who cared for such individuals were not merely serving other people. They were serving Him.
Over the past 3 years there has been a group of dedicated volunteers from Village Church of Barrington serving in such a capacity. Under the guidance of Carol Layton the group provides rides on a rotating basis for a client named Dale receiving kidney dialysis. Due to health issues he has become weak, wheelchair bound and virtually helpless. Because of his condition the township is unable to provide adequate service to Dale, so the drivers continue the responsibility of providing the love and support of a family.
Over time a special friendship has developed with this group. According to driver Dave Corning, “We talk about the Lord and pray with Dale. We’ve connected spiritually and become close. As a result of our volunteering we’ve gained a friend we consider a brother. What we have to ask ourselves at the end of the day is, what am I doing to serve the Lord? The key is to be generous with our time and talent. You haven’t fully lived today until you’ve done something for someone who can never repay you.”
The group agrees that they serve the Lord by serving others, and they’ve found their calling in driving.
Ultimately our service is not to the disadvantaged but to Christ himself. Ask yourselves what have I done for Him lately?