Served In Suffering

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. — John 19:26-27

This moment is one of great emotion. The beaten, degraded, and crucified Jesus looks down from the Cross and speaks to two people he loves. John and Mary. The instruction is explicit. Mary is to care for John, and John is to care for Mary.

But here's what struck me. Jesus, in his present state of suffering, has enough fortitude to address this matter. It's as if he is more concerned for them than himself, which is true. But Jesus isn't addressing one matter at the moment, but two. First, the matter of human relationships between a mother and "son." Second, the matter of spiritual relationships between man and God.

So when God prompts you today, which I believe he will. Care for the well-being of a brother in your spiritual community. Just do something small and keep it simple. As Jesus illustrates, three to four words make all the difference. And if you are in the middle of suffering and don't have the strength to do this, I would challenge you. Do it anyway, and in some small way, you might know the gravity of caring for others in suffering as Jesus did here.

ASK THIS:

  • Reflect on a time when you went out of your way to care for someone else, even when it seemed challenging. How did that experience impact your understanding of selfless love and your connection to Jesus's example on the Cross?
  • In moments of personal suffering or difficulty, have you ever found strength in reaching out to support someone else? How did this shift your perspective on your own challenges and the importance of community in times of suffering?
  • Who is someone you need to reach out to?

DO THIS: Serve someone even in your suffering.

PRAY THIS: Lord, help me to emulate Jesus' selfless love and care for others, both in the everyday moments and during the trials of life. May I find the strength to reach out and support my spiritual community and be a beacon of your love, just as Jesus was on the Cross. Amen.

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21 thoughts on “Served In Suffering

  1. Sam Lynn says:

    Hey there Vince! LOVE your website, materials and devos! Our Men’s Ministry went thru “Called to Act” as a large group (over 5-6 weeks) and is now starting the James study. GREAT stuff. I SO appreciate your ministry and subscribe to the Devos (which I love and have connected many other guys with). Anyway…was curious if there you’d have recommendations for what might be female equivalent (devos, specific studies, etc).? Have a young couple I’m doing pre-marital counseling with. They are new in their faith and would love to have a daily devo I could do with him (yours is great) and then something his fiancé could do with someone (maybe my wife). Recommendations?

  2. gonzalo correa says:

    Thanks for the Word brother Vince and welcome back from the Retreat you were just in; I too just came back from Hume Lake, CA were you spoke last year.
    I have walk through some difficulties ( we have) and in the midst of them, have made myself available to others. The strength, clearly not my own, was/is from our Lord and it helped me to “sized” my own mess and realized others have it more difficult and also gave me courage to stand up to my difficulties with tremendous valor. Praise the Lord Jesus, my strength, King and Saviour.

    • Vince Miller says:

      Hi Gonzalo,

      Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your recent experiences. It’s wonderful to hear how your time at Hume Lake and your commitment to helping others have been sources of strength and inspiration during challenging times. It’s a powerful reminder of the support and courage we can find through our faith in Jesus.

      Let’s pray together:

      Dear Lord,

      We come before you today with hearts full of gratitude for the strength and courage you’ve provided to Gonzalo during these difficult moments. We thank you for the fellowship and teachings at Hume Lake and the inspiration that this time has brought into his life.

      Lord, we recognize that our strength comes from you, and we praise you as our King and Savior. We lift up Gonzalo’s challenges and ask for your guidance and wisdom to navigate through them. Please continue to grant him the valor to stand firm in the face of adversity, knowing that you are by his side.

      We also pray for those he has reached out to and helped, that they may find comfort and hope through Gonzalo’s actions and, ultimately, through their faith in you.

      In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

      Stay strong, Gonzalo, and may God’s grace continue to shine upon you.

      Blessings, brother!

  3. Fabio Andre Balvedi says:

    I and my son Arthur follow your devo everyday in Vietnam where we live! Thanks Vince for your admirable job! Blessings!!!

  4. Joe says:

    Many thanks Vince for being an intentional follower of our Messiah. You are faithful and I am grateful. Blessings to you.

  5. Sam says:

    Vince
    Please forgive all of our hast to complain about the daily that was different in presentation. We have grown accustomed to a certain type of presentation and therefore a little selfish in our expectation. I pray the next time we all will be more understanding and kind, thank you for all you hard work in bringing us the word.

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