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Game Changers: Be Devoted to One Another in Service
June 28, 2020, 11:16 PM

This blog wraps up a series of messages I have called “Game Changers.” These small words that make all the difference: “nevertheless”, “suddenly”, “but God”, and “one another”. These words while small in space are huge in the difference they make.

 

Each of the weeks focusing on “one another” I have reminded you of the fact that Jesus demonstrated a need for the strength of relationships. That night just before He faced the intense trials and agonizing cross, he sought out the comfort offered by the disciples in prayer. Even though they failed to hold Him up in prayer, Jesus vulnerability and need for others helps us understand our own need.

 

Illustrations of this need are manifest many places in Scripture. Among them is the Old Testament story of Esther. Many are familiar with her astounding story. She rises from the ranks of a common girl to be queen of the land under the despotic king, Xerxes.

 

Her ascension would make for an interesting story but the effect on her people makes this an epic example of one life influencing history. Through his indifference the king would have overseen the slaughter of all her people. But God (Could not resist brining that phrase back) put Esther in the right place to save the Jewish people.

 

The story may be familiar but easy to overlook is the contribution of Mordecai. Behind the scenes, without much recognition he continually encouraged the young woman. He offered guidance, wisdom, and direction. More than that he constantly encouraged her.

 

Where would the story have ended without the contribution of Mordecai? What if she did not have him to encourage and help her?

 

Today we paused to honor those folks who have been called “Essential Workers” during this time of tremendous strain in our country. These are the folks who, like Mordecai, offered themselves to others. We owe them a debt of gratitude.

 

In the word of God, we find four words of challenge. They both represent the sacrifices of those essential workers and a word of encouragement for them and us. Allow the Word of God to offer a challenge to us and to the essential workers around us.

 

  • Live a life of service

John 13:14 “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”

Jesus challenged us to live a lifestyle of service to others. Far from merely challenging us to wash feet, He asks us to follow His example of service.

 

Out most sincere gratitude is expressed to those who have served us: those who have kept everything going, the educators who serve in the classroom, those emergency workers, and those in the medical field who continue to serve day after day. Thank you for your service.

 

  • Be Devoted

Romans 12:10 “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

 

You, essential workers, have modeled the lifestyle of devotion Paul commanded. You have placed others before yourself. For that we are thankful. The challenge to each of us is to live this kind of sacrifice every day, and in every relationship.

 

  • Invest in Others

1 Peter 4:9 “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

 

In the days of Peter’s writing the church depended on the hospitality of others to survive. No Holiday Inn was available. Instead, travelers relied on the sacrifice of others. Homeowners invested in others by opening their hearts and homes to others.

 

We are thankful for those who have invested in our lives along the way. We honor both the essential workers and so many others who helped us along the way. While recognizing the essential workers we also take a moment to look back through the chapters of our lives. Without their contribution how would we have made it in this world? We have depended on them.

 

To make a difference in the future we will need to have the same spirit. We will be called on to invest in others.

 

  • Spur One Another On

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deed. Not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

 

The author of Hebrews offers us a strong challenge. He says that we should consider, that is think about, mull over, meditate on. Give some serious thought to the challenge.

 

What are we to think about? How we may spur people on to love and good deeds. Every person around you is desperately in need of encouragement. In previous parts of this series I spoke of that need. Here is the added challenge to consider the individual. What encourages one person may discourage another.

 

We must think about how we can help others continue. That essential worker in your world needs you to encourage them. What does that look like? Start there. But so, does every person living in your house, everyone who works with you, every civic and community leader. How can you spur them on?

 

To all of you I say this. You cannot quit. Our author says that some are in the habit of quitting. You, essential workers, cannot quit. We need you. We thank God for you. You must keep it up.

 

Your church, your family of faith, needs you to keep going. We do not need you less now. We need you more. We need each other more. As the day of Jesus’ return nears, we must spur one another one even more.

 

God bless you as you keep going. I offer each of you a word of encouragement. The Calvary Baptist Church family offers you encouragement. Keep going. Do not quit.

 
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