A Son's Wish to Serve
"And now I (Paul) entrust you to God and his care and to his wonderful words which are able to build your faith and give you all the inheritance of those who are set apart for himself.
"I have never been hungry for money or fine clothing - you know that these hands of mine worked to pay my own way and even to supply the needs of those who were with me, and I was a constant example to you in helping the poor; for I remembered the words of the Lord Jesus, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' " Acts 20: 32 -35
Steven Lee is from Illinois. When his son began to have severe back pain seven years ago, nothing helped. After dealing with the pain for several years, he confided in Steven that the pain was becoming so debilitating that he would one day no longer be able to work in his job providing social services for teens. "Dad," he said through tears of pain, "I want to serve in this world, not be served."
A few months later, doctors discovered he had a massive tumor. He has stage 4 sarcoma. None of this, however kept him from putting others first. He accepted his diagnosis and calmly asked his doctor how long he had to live. Four months later, as he was dying in the hospital, he consistently turned his focus on others. Whenever a nurse, doctor, or visitor asked, "How are you?" he always answered, "I'm hanging in there. How are you?" Steven stood in awe of his courage and love for others.
In today's quoted verse, Paul shared Jesus' words with the early Christians: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." God calls us to serve one another, and Steven's son did just that until the day he died. His last words were the Lord's Prayer they prayed together in his hospital room. His faithfulness has brought comfort and peace to Steven's soul and has strengthen him in his faith.
This was my beloved Andrew, who recently passed away. Even when he was down and out, he was always willing to help someone in need. His kindness and joy he brought to those who knew him will never be forgotten. He was in pain every day and, at last, he is pain free. He also wanted to serve others.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to develop hearts that want to serve others as we follow you, in Jesus' name. Amen.