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The Suffering of Serving Others

Joh 11:35 Jesus wept.

We find Jesus weeping with the mourners of Lazarus. Later we read that he wept over Jerusalem.

The definition of ministry is to serve. In order to serve you must be willing to pour yourself into others. This means pouring yourself into others spiritually through prayer. It means pouring yourself into others emotionally by rejoicing when they rejoice and mourning when they mourn. It may even mean pouring yourself into others by being there for them physically.

When you pour yourself into others you open yourself up to the possibility of being hurt. This is one of the things that hinder us from serving others. There is the possibility that the people we serve will endure hardships that are beyond our abilities to help. Having poured yourself into them means that you suffer with them; hurting and helpless. Other times the people you try to help will refuse to be helped. You will be forced to watch them go down paths to their own detriment. Again, you will find yourself hurting and helpless. Sometimes those who you pour yourself into will turn on you. They may reject you, they may not appreciate your service, they may use you, or simply just respond with dislike. Once again, you find yourself helpless and hurting.

But, does the fear of being hurt justify not serving others? Should we go into a shell and isolate ourselves?

Our identification with Christ means being partakers of His sufferings. But, we must not look at the pain of serving others as just arbitrary suffering.

 Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

There may be suffering but there is also joy. There is joy in knowing that we are doing the will of the Father. There is joy in being conformed into the image of Christ. There is the joy of obedience. But finally, there is also the joy of those who actually are helped. I don't know the ratio between those who you try to help and those who you can actually help. But, it will make a difference in eternity. After all, someone else as served you.


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