It is my prayer that every Christian recognizes the importance of serving God through the way we serve others. There are few things, if any, that are as emotionally exhilarating, and draining, as the task of serving others. Having worked in a variety of ministry settings, including various roles within Christian camp ministry, I understand the excitement that often comes with the beginning of a new ministry or ministry season. I also understand the weariness than can develop when our focus begins to drift away from the ministry of serving and onto ourselves.
This is day one in the seventh week of devotions from the book, “Serving God: Devotions for Active Worship”. This devotional book is laid out in thirteen weeks of daily devotions with each week wrapped around an aspect of how we can serve others. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God to see how serving others is an act of worship.
The Value of Friendship
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.“
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
How often do you feel alone? What does it take to remind you that you are not? Do you have friends who would help you no matter what trouble you were in? Are there friends that you would help no matter what trouble they were in? Why? Do you like having help when you serve? Do you like to help others serve? Who do you need to value today by being their friend?
I remember a grade school (years ago) class picnic at the local park where a classmate jumped off of a swing and landed in a way that hurt his ankle. This happened near the end of our field day, so everyone began leaving while he laid on the ground waiting for the help that had been called. I had ridden my bike to school that day, so as unusual as it sounds even to me, I stayed with him until help arrived that could get his ankle checked out properly. I’m sure I didn’t have anything to say during the entire time but even at that age I knew the value of being a friend. Friendship has great value because it shows by our actions that someone really cares.
As you pray, ask God to help you serve through a building of friendships with those you serve with and those you serve.