What the Word says about Serving Others in Need…
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19, NIV
Real World Tips on Effectively Serving Others in Need
Sometimes, helping a family in crisis is hard. You may see all of the things that are needed and feel overwhelmed. That’s a natural response.
But try to clear your mind and focus on meeting one need at a time. Start with the most urgent like food, shelter, or medication. If possible, rally others to help you start meeting these needs, too.
- Clear your mind
- Focus on meeting one need at a time
- Rally others to help
Shelley thrived on routine. She ran several ministries at her local church, looked after her two toddlers, and had a small online business. Despite all of the activities she was juggling, Shelley loved her life.
But everything came crashing down the moment she discovered her husband left town with another woman. He cleaned out the checking account, leaving Shelley penniless. He refused to see his children and wanted nothing to do with his family.
Shelley had never felt so alone and she didn’t know what to do next. That’s when her community began to step in. A family who lived across the street stocked her fridge and pantry. An elderly couple from her church came over to mow the lawn and trim her hedges. A woman from her preschool group showed up each week with a box of diapers.
Every time Shelley had a need, someone served and met that need. She’d spent her life serving and helping others and now, those same people rallied around her, eager to provide for and protect her little family who was in desperate need.
I leave you with the words of Christ and a prayer….
“35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?”
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” ~Matthew 25:35-40 NIV