Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
In today’s scripture, we are encouraged to know that God will not forget our work and that he loves us. Moreover, it emphasizes the importance of helping his people, which refers back to the second commandment, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. This month’s theme gives us tools to help us through grim seasons and today we want to focus on service. Who would think that service, helping our brothers and sisters, would help us get through our storms? Service is such a vital element of our Christian walk because it allows for us to not be self-centered, but rather demonstrate God’s love and humility. When we are struggling it can be so easy to get caught into self-pity narratives or to think that our circumstances are only happening to us. We can end up saying things like “What about my happiness?”, “Why are these bad things only happening to me?”, or “What did I do to deserve this?” As you can see most of these statements include words like “I”, “my”, or “me” and this perspective can block out God’s hand in our lives. It also can be a tactic by the enemy to isolate us, and isolation leads to further negative self-talk and self-defeating behaviors. So, I challenge and encourage you this week to reach out to an old friend, family member, or even a stranger and perform an act of kindness because as our scripture reminds us, God will not forget our work when we help His people.
Consider the following:
God wants us to be in fellowship and worship at all times, and through service, we are able to help build the kingdom of God. Through service, we are able to discover or utilize our Godly gifts, but also it widens our worldview. So, here are some questions to explore:
- Why is it so easy to focus on ourselves when we are in a challenging circumstance?
- Why is service not our first inkling when we are disconnected from God?
- When is the last time you did service?
- How did you feel?
- How did your worldview change?