No Regrets - Sunday, September 11th 2016
"And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care."
Notice in the verse above, that Paul did not retreat to a quiet corner somewhere by himself to rest or 'get away from it all'. Instead, he went to his friends and they cared for him. When we are going through difficult problems, we often retreat to our house or our own room 'just to be alone for a while'. Do not get me wrong guys; it's great to find a quiet place to talk to God. You should do that every day. Nevertheless, there are times when you need to have friends who will come alongside of you, lift you up, and pray for you. The reality is... if you do not place yourself in a position where you develop relationships with others, you will never have that encouragement in times of trouble.
Where do you find these friends? Chances are you see them every Sunday. They are soldiers of Christ at church serving God and others. You will find them in the media booth, parking cars, or greeting newcomers. They are sweeping, mopping floors and cleaning toilets. They are teaching and caring for the children. However, if you are not in the trenches with them, you may never know them.
When you serve in church, you develop relationships with people that you never would have otherwise. Take a moment to look around at those who are serving. You will see them laughing and joking, but you will also see them encouraging and praying. It is under the common ground of serving God that these relationships are founded. In the midst of amity or conflict, the strongest relationships are forged.
Proverbs 27:17 "As iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens a friend." NLT
If you are not serving in your church, I want to encourage you to do so. You will never regret it.
Life Lesson: There is an incredible bond you have with people you serve with that sadly, most Christians will never know.
I love You and want to serve You by serving others. Please forgive me for times when I have focused on myself instead of You and others. I want to have friends who will pray for me and encourage me. I ask You to give me the courage I need to take the next step. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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