Brothers And Sisters In Christ

November 21, 2020
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Hebrews 13:16 – But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. (NKJV)

Many, many years ago in the Netherlands, before big-box stores and supermarkets, different merchants delivered goods from door to door. On certain days of the week, they would come down the streets to do just that. The milkman came daily, selling milk, cheese, and other dairy products. The baker also came every day, stopping in front of the house to sell baked goods. Other merchants, such as the greengrocer, would come once or twice a week, and once a week a representative from a local grocery store would come to our house to take an order for other grocery items that we would need. The one who came to our house came from quite some distance away. He would take my mother's order, fill it, and deliver it the next day or so. Sometimes, if she had forgotten something, she would send me to his store to pick it up. It was quite some distance away.

One time, I asked Mother why she did not use the grocer nearby and why I would have to go to our usual grocer. She told me that the owner was "one of our people". In other words, he was a Christian, and we attended the same church. At that time, there was a strong feeling among brothers and sisters in Christ to help and support each other.

At the end of September, my wife and I had an appointment in a nearby city to see a denturist. She is a very nice young professional woman. We had seen her once or twice before. After she had checked our dentures this time, I asked her how much I owed her. She told me that it was just a little job, and there was no charge. I tried to talk her into charging us, but she would not hear of it. "No, it's free," she said, "one Christian to another." Words failed me — it brought tears to my eyes.

In the early church, the disciples did a lot to help those in need, so much so, that they needed help to look after all the widows. Even so long ago, those early believers in Christ supported each other. It is so good to experience, even now, that Christians are helping those in need. We did not need the denturist's free consultation, but the purpose behind her generosity is so indicative of how we can all support "our people" — our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Galatians 6:10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. (NKJV)

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, we thank You for the many Christians who help others in need, especially those within the church community. May we do anything that we can to do likewise. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen, Joel.


    Thank you, Joel. This is always true, but especially this year.


    Dear Joel: thank you for this inspiring message. Stay safe in these challenging times when we all need to support each other. Blessings.


    Thank you for your sharing and calling our attention to Gal. 6:10 which a friend of mine quotes often. How we need to learn how to bear one another’s burdens.


    This devotional brought back some good memories. The baker and the milkman coming to the door daily.
    Very much enjoy the devotionals you contribute. Keep it up!


    Dear Joel Jongkind,
    You set me to praying for what I can do to help others and not just to feel sorry for myself in these covid times. Thank you.


    Dear Joel,
    Thank you for a story of kindness that encourages to help everyone, especially fellow Christians. A great reminder when so many are in need.


    Wow Joel, great devotion today. Especially since I had exactly the same experience with the Christian grocer from further away, coming to our house to take weekly orders. Although my mom would sometimes grumble a bit, since he charged more.


    Dear Joel,
    Thanks for this morning’s devotional. You write such thought provoking words.
    I hope you’ll be able to keep it up for many years. I recall that verse… with long life I will satisfy him.
    May He abundantly bless you today.


    Dear Joel,
    I thank you for today’s devotional – “it brought tears to my eyes”, and for your faithful ministry of sharing. A wonderful message shared in a wonderful message.
    God bless you both, and Merry Christmas!
    (BC)


    Dear Joel
    Thanks for another devotional. I am moving to Seasons in the near future. I believe this is God’s next step for me. The isolation of COVID 19 and having a fall have confirmed this decision.
    Lots of stuff to dispose of in the meantime.
    Blessings to you and Greta.


    Dear Joel, as always, your story here is so ‘touching’. It’s the kind of story that brings our oneness into real focus. May we be diligent to be helping others – especially our brothers and sisters in the faith – ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES!! Many thanks for your wonderful way of expressing our Lord’s goodness and faithfulness. God bless.


    Hello Joel,
    Many thanks for another very mindful devotional. Yes, we can be so helpful to others when we reach out and share our Christian spirit with others in our community and abroad.
    Blessings for writing and sharing your experience with that denturist.
    (B.C.)


    A wonderful example and a reminder to us all.

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