In the day of Facebook and other social media, it’s easy to “like” a post or say “praying for you” and then letting that be the extent of our involvement in another’s life. There are so many tangible ways that we can serve people and minister to them, whether it’s in a time of need or “just because”. Here are some ideas:
- Visit a new neighbor with a basket of goodies and perhaps dinner prepared to make their first night a little easier.
- Have a yard sale to raise money for missions, whether for your church or other organizations.
- Write notes of encouragement to shut-ins, widows, and others.
- If your church has sign-ups for meals for the sick or new moms, sign up! The meal doesn’t have to be elaborate because all are thankful for any meal they didn’t have to prepare!
- Encourage your pastor by notes of thankfulness and prayer.
- Serve the elderly by checking up on them during storms or winter weather, sit by them in church, or listen to them (they have a lot of godly advice).
- A simple “hello” to someone on a Sunday morning can brighten their day. Look for people other than your friends–introduce yourself and welcome them to your church.
- Whenever your church has a gathering, try to sit or meet with someone new. Remember what it was like to be the newcomer.
- Notice the teens and young people in your church and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.
- Have a ministry of prayer and send those you pray for a note to let them know. Who wouldn’t like to receive such a note to know that someone is bringing you before the throne of grace!
- Whenever you enter are meeting of a group of people, whether at church or work or at a party, etc., ask yourself, “Who can I encourage?” and ask the Lord to bring you in the path of those people who could use a listening ear, an encouraging word, or maybe just a hug.
These ideas are nothing new and just a sampling of ways to serve. I’m sure you can think of many, many more ways to serve and encourage others. The first step is doing it!
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. ~ Hebrews 6:10
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. ~ Mark 10:45