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Asking for help did not come naturally to me. If I could not do it myself, I did without. After my spinal cord injury and paralysis, I had to depend on others for many things.
When I went shopping, I had to ask, “Would you hold the door for me please?” “Would you set this sweater on my table?” “Would you help me ____?”
God’s word shows us how to let others serve us:
Jesus became the servant when He washed the feet of His disciples. (John 13:4-7)
A woman served Jesus when she washed His feet with her tears, dried them with her hair and poured perfume on them. (Luke 7:38)
His word also tells how to serve those who cannot do for themselves:
Give a glass of cold water to someone who is thirsty. Feed those who hunger. Clothe the naked. Care for the sick. (Matthew 25:38-40)
We show God’s love by serving each other in small ways and large. Opening a door can open the gospel for either person involved. Asking someone for help gives the person an opportunity to serve. Often these times allow conversations to share a word of faith.
Over the twenty-five years since my injury, I have learned humility. Asking for help blesses me because I know God does not want me to face obstacles alone. Allowing others to serve me blesses God’s servants.
Do you need help with anything? Ask God to provide for your need and He will be faithful.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NIV).
People often commend me for my bold witness with quiet resignations. “I wish I could tell more people about Jesus like you.” I tell you there are many bold witnesses among us.
Missionaries, local and those who travel to distant states and foreign countries answer God’s call. They boldly share the gospel by feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. They love orphans, widows, the poor, and the downtrodden. They portray Jesus to unbelievers.
Our church hosts an adoption support group each month. The families who attend share their experiences and fill the church. These parents encourage each other to raise their boys and girls in the gospel of Christ.
Gideon’s continue to place Bibles throughout the United States and around the world sharing the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The faithful are reaching out through Easter Seals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Schools are more accessible as children with disabilities attend regular classes. Communities provide children’s toys at Christmas.
The ministry Jesus began was to continue through the community of His disciples. He sent them out to make more disciples. Those disciples would believe in Him and obey His commands. They would make more disciples. The generations will continue to make more disciples until all nations have heard the gospel.
“Preach the gospel and if necessary, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi
Jesus read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 NIV).
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21 NIV).
Every night as Earl and I prepare for bed, Earl places an oxygen cannula under my nose to help me breathe healthy oxygen-rich air as I sleep. When he lays down he positions his C-PAP mask over his nose and turns the machine on to help him breathe deep and oxygenate his blood.
All our lives we have inhaled and exhaled with hardly a thought—taking breathing for granted. With these therapeutic measures, we’ve discovered afresh how oxygen truly sustains our body. Without it, our minds become confused and disoriented. Our bodies weak and tired.
When I take deep refreshing breaths to fill my lungs with oxygen-rich air I feel the strength return in my body and my mind clears.
This is often the way we relate to God. It’s easy to take the breath of God, the Holy Spirit, for granted. Shallow Bible reading and irregular Bible study allow our Christian faith to become lethargic and our relationship with the Lord wanes.
Sometimes we need “therapeutic measures” to enrich our faith. Most Christian churches have a multitude of faith-enriching activities. Whether you like large or small, young- middle- adult- or seniors, men’s or women’s Bible study groups they’re all available. Local, national and international mission opportunities abound for growing stronger in our faith.
You can read daily devotionals or follow a Bible reading plan. Read, watch or listen to stories of Christian faith, tribulation and triumph. Recently I watched a video of Billy Graham preaching in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1970. The era and location was different but God’s word is unchanged.
By actively pursuing ways to enrich our faith, we awaken each morning fresh and energized—ready to share the gospel.
“Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:11, 12 NIV).
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