9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:9 – 10)
Theme: If not You, then Who?
As one of our commentators said, James’ story of service to the community is certainly inspirational and so too are the stories shared by others yesterday. For the record, James is a Deacon at Westside Community Church and not an Elder as I wrote yesterday. Thanks again to James and all who shared their stories!
Today we conclude our review of the Discipline of Service by sharing one more story. This story is about serving others in the household of faith. I am grateful that Phyllis has allowed me to tell her story.
Sometimes people in need are right under our noses and we miss them. Serving people in the church should not be overlooked, so if not you, then who?
Phyllis’ Story of Service
Phyllis manages the administrative affairs of Westside Community Church in Trinidad and keeps everyone organized. She has been participating in 40 days of Discipline since its inception almost 10 years ago. For 15 years, Phyllis has been a key contributor to an amazing ministry that caters to believers and has successfully extended its reach to non-believers. The ministry serves and encourages widows. They have 150 widows on their contact list and annually they have a Valentine’s Day “high tea” and a Christmas lunch. Throughout the year they connect widows with other widows that live nearby and they also organize outings.
One amazing result of this ministry is that the spirit of encouragement displayed, appeals to widows of other religions who end up participating and, in some instances, they decide to follow Jesus. While the pandemic has prevented the group from meeting physically recently, it hasn’t dampened the spirit of encouragement. For example, Phyllis is currently co-leading an effort to send out cards with poems to the widows for Easter.
As our passage for today states, there is a harvest for those who don’t grow weary from doing good. That “good”, can begin with serving the family of believers.
Please read the passage above and respond to the request and question below.
Request and Question:
- Please remember Phyllis in prayer.
- Do you have any lessons from serving fellow believers that other participants could benefit from?