Last night my two year old son was up with an upset stomach. My wife lovingly took him into her arms despite the mess he had made by ‘rejecting’ his dinner. I cleaned up the bed and put spoiled linen into the wash and came into our room. My wife lay next to him the entire night on the floor as he continued to have stomach trouble. My wife has done this time and time again for each of our children, and she does it without complaint. The love of a mother demonstrated in the middle of the night with a sick child is truly one of the greatest acts of service done repeatedly on this earth. Yet this goes unrecognized. My two year is grateful she is there, but her love is so constant, it is simply normal for her to be there for him. He will not remember the incident, and I do not remember the countless times my mother watched over me as I was sick. This is one reason why the Lord has commanded his children to “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee” (Ex. 20:12).
When a mother renders such service to her child, she is in reality serving the Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ taught:
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:31-40, emphasis added).
I believe that when a mother ministers unto her sick child as my wife did last night, that the Lord considers such action as having been done unto him. I am thankful for my wife. I am thankful for my mother, and the times for which she ministered unto me, which I cannot remember. If anyone has rendered such service unto you from the days of your own infancy, to the present day, communicate with them right now, and let them know how grateful you are. Be the voice of the Lord to such a person in expressing your gratitude.
Such acts of service and expressions of gratitude for service rendered invite the spirit of the Lord into ones life. When you invite the spirit of the Lord into your life through these acts of kindness, you draw closer to the Lord, and you will walk in holy places. I testify that you will feel the spirit of the Lord encompass you, that his light will guide you, and that you will be filled with spiritual nourishment.
I write these things in the name of Jesus Christ.