Helping Others

Saturday, July 29, 2023
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"Oh, thanks, Alan!" I gratefully exclaimed, as he came up beside me and grabbed my arm. We were going down a steep, rocky incline at one of the ancient sites in Israel, and he could see that I was having trouble keeping my balance. He continued to watch over me for the rest of the tour, always seeming to appear at just the right time when I was worried about my ability to walk downhill without falling.

"Brian, may I use your shoulder?" Again, we were descending from another ancient site — it seems like there is very little level ground in Israel — and I was unsure of my ability to negotiate the path. He readily agreed, and we carefully made our way down the hill. Just the support of my hand on his shoulder reassured me that I could make it.

Both of these men were at least twenty years younger than I am, and they had the strength to support both of us when my hip bursitis impeded my walk. Months of physical therapy hadn't really helped, but this trip was important, and I was determined to persevere. They made it possible by freely sharing their physical strength with me.

Galatians 6:2 – Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (ESV)

Matthew 20:26b,28 – But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (ESV)

These two men were living examples of serving others and bearing someone's burden — mine. As believers in Christ, they reflected His love in their actions. Jesus is our greatest example of serving others. He washed His disciples' filthy feet; He interacted with people most others of that day wouldn't dare to talk to or spend time with; He freely gave of His healing powers; and He ultimately gave up His life for our sins.

1 Peter 4:10 – As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace. (ESV)

Because we love Him, we should want to serve others in His name. Each of us has God-given talents and abilities that we can use to help someone else. God has tasks that He wants us to do with those talents and abilities. We can't wait for perfect conditions to do them. If we ask Him, God will put people in our path whom we can serve today. Let's serve them gladly. Through obedience to His Word, we will be drawn closer to Christ, and we can reflect His glory in the world.

Prayer: Lord, give us the desire to serve as You came to serve and, ultimately, to give Your life for us. Change our hearts and open our eyes to see the needs of those around us. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Sharon.

    Thanks, Sharon, for the apt reminder.

    I loved your devotional this morning. Serving others in love and putting your faith in action is what it’s all about.

    Thank you, Sharon, for sharing this encouraging devotional with us today.
    You brought back many cherished memories. Blessings.

    Thanks, Sharon, for your mindful devotional today. So glad to hear that you had good assistance as you travelled along your adventures. We too, need be ready to reach out to help others in our daily life just like our loving Lord is ready to help us through any circumstance we face. Blessings for these special writings you share with us.

    Good morning, Sharon,
    Your devotional brought back memories of our trips to Israel. Very good words to think about this morning.
    When I see the demonstrations and the near war situations, I wonder what is going on in the Holy Land.
    Thank you and blessings.

    Good morning, Sharon,
    God provides what we need, when we need it. Thanks for sharing your experience and the inspiration to remember to use those talents and abilities that God has given each one of us.
    I join with you in this prayer request to serve and be aware of where I can serve. May you continue to inspire. Blessings.

    Dear Sharon:
    I hope that your hip situation has been addressed. I know how painful and
    debilitating hip issues can be. Without my walker, I couldn’t even get around our house!
    Here in Ontario we have government-funded healthcare, and they do hip and knee replacement surgery at our local hospital. Wait times are the problem here though — they can be up to 180 days.
    I’ve spoken to men and women who have had these surgeries and they speak glowingly of the results.
    I, too, would like to take my wife to Israel to see the Holy Land. Hopefully, before too long, we can go once my hip and knee are “fixed”.
    Thank you for your insightful piece.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Hello Sharon.
    Thank you for your word this morning. It is lovely and encouraging – a good reminder.

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