Lord, I thank you today for my parents, for all the sacrifices they made for me, the way they brought me up, and the example they set. Forgive me for not having been more appreciative when I was younger. And make me a good Christian parent, I pray. AMEN.
Lord God, if at any time today I feel afraid, give me new courage and the sense that you are close. If I am tempted to do wrong or to say a hasty word, hold me back. If I am inclined to judge another person harshly, stop me from doing it. Help me to live like Jesus. In his name. AMEN.
Lord, help me to make good use of my time today. As the years of my life slip away, let your Spirit make me a good and faithful steward of the hours, the minutes and the seconds. Help me to be careful in the choice of how to spend the time and disciplined in the way I use it. In Christ’s name I ask it. AMEN.
“In the church God has appointed… those able to help others”.
1 Cor 12:28 NIV
A bank has as its current advertisement the question, “How can we help you?”. Most adults strive to become self-sufficient so that they are not reliant on the help of others. But then there usually comes a time when all of us need some help.
It was the nature of the early church that it encouraged people to help one another. Maybe the parable of the Good Samaritan had provided a model for believers to emulate? Paul recognized the sheer love behind most of the helping that went on and saw that God gave the gift of helping to many people in the church of his day. It probably was then, and is now, the most common gift of the Spirit, exercised by the greatest number of Christians.
It refers “to the general ministry of practical assistance of all kinds. It would refer to such service as cooking and catering, washing-up and cleaning the church, moving chairs and providing transport, flower-arranging and secretarial help, gardening, painting, repairing and redecorating. Such vital ministry is needed in visiting the sick and housebound, welcoming people to church services, putting out books and clearing them up afterwards, fetching and carrying – indeed a thousand and one little chores which any Christian can fulfil ‘as to the Lord and not to men’ (Eph 6:7). Originally it (the Greek word for ‘helps’ that Paul used here) signified ‘to take a burden on oneself instead of another’. That idea indicates the attitude of mind which releases such ministry in the congregation” (D. Prior, The Message of 1 Corinthians, p221).
Whatever else you can or can’t do or be – be a helper!
Lord, help me to be a helper.
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