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 two 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.
Face to Face Friendships
“The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.“
Exodus 33:11 (NIV)
How many friends does your social media account say that you have? Is that number an accurate count of real friends? Why? In what ways are your social media friendships different from face to face friendships? How are they similar? How would having a face to face friendship with God change the way you serve others? What friendships do you need to work on today in order to serve others more effectively?
Most of the time face to face interaction with people scares me. Yet it seems God continually calls me to serve in ways that requires time to be spent with people. I’ve learned that what I can’t do from my own strength, God can do through me in His strength. As I spend time face to face with people, God strengthens them and me for greater works of service. More importantly, as I spend time face to face with God, He gives me the courage to serve others as their friend. Often times it is through the simple act of sitting and listening that God reveals how to best serve those we are listening to.
As you pray, seek God’s face as one seeking a friend. Pray that God would show you true friendship. Pray that He would fill you with a desire to be a friend to those you serve.