We all benefit from inspiration that comes through the lives of others–both those from the past and those living now. As we see examples of husbands and wives who serve the Lord together, we can be encouraged and motivated to do the same.
The past five weeks we’ve studied how God has brought each husband and wife together so that they can serve Him and others side-by-side. We’ve learned how He has gifted and equipped us to do the good works He has planned for us and provides everything we need. And we’ve seen some ways to discover and use these blessings to serve Him by serving others.
In this final segment of our Serving God TOGETHER study, we want to share an inspiring example of a couple Sabra and I know who are living this out every day. Our prayer is that it will inspire you to serve God together. We pray their life will encourage you, as it has us, to do what God tells us to do in Psalm 100:2: “Serve the Lord with gladness” (NASB).
I first met Stephen and Brooksyne Weber in an unusual way, at least for an old guy like myself. I met them through the internet. I realize this is not so unusual today. But when I first “met” Stephen and Brooksyne a number of years ago, it was a bit unusual.
I discovered a wonderful online ministry they do together entitled Daily Encouragement. It is a solid, biblical teaching they send out via email and post on their website every weekday.
I could say I found it by luck or chance. But I don’t believe in either of those. I believe God led me to them.
Their ministry truly lives up to its name, and God has used it to teach and encourage me often. Receiving their email is one of those times with the Lord that I look forward to every day. I gladly recommend that you look it up and read it as well. You can find it at www.dailyencouragement.net.
Since then Sabra and I have been able to visit with Stephen and Brooksyne in the states where we each live. I have learned much more about them and their ministry together. And they are a true example of a couple who serves the Lord together with the purpose of bringing glory to God and showing His love to others.
Stephen and Brooksyne met in Bible college in Missouri. And they have been serving Him together since they first met. When they married, they served the Lord by leading a church together. They have now been married 39 years and have worked side-by-side that entire time.
They pastored churches in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania during the first part of their marriage. Then they began a chaplaincy ministry and their online Daily Encouragement ministry in the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania area. They have been serving the Lord in this way ever since.
They have not been given biological children, but they adopted a little girl from Guatemala named Ester. As they have loved and raised her, they have walked with her through many difficult health issues. She is now a fine, committed Christian woman who serves the Lord, also.
Our friends are a true example of what we have been studying the last few weeks. They are a modern-day Aquila and Priscilla–the Bible couple we studied in Part 4. They have gone wherever God has led them and served Him every step of the way by helping and encouraging others. This includes helping in the greatest way of all–telling others about Jesus.
Stephen and Brooksyne certainly have been an encouragement to me and Sabra over the time we have known them. This has never been more true than in the last couple of years. Since my illness and retirement from classroom teaching, they have ministered to us and given us practical and technical help to start our online ministry.
This loving couple have discovered the truth that serving the Lord together develops a strong bond with God and with each other. It brings a contentment, peace, and spiritual growth that nothing else can.
Working together for the Lord leads to a sweet intimacy. When we serve God by serving others as a couple we experience God’s gift of an added closeness that only comes from those special times…and memories of those times.
Even more important, ministering together–whether in our neighborhoods, churches, communities, or the world–can also help us to grow in our walk with the Lord as husband and wife. Working side-by-side to fulfill the Great Commission–in whatever capacity–deepens our spiritual intimacy like little else can. Being the Lord’s witnesses by serving, giving, encouraging, caring, and loving as Jesus taught and demonstrated is rewarding beyond words.
Because after all, it’s not about us. It’s about them. It’s about the Lord and those who need a touch from Him.
Serving others strengthens our church, our neighborhood, our community and the world. It transforms lives–others and ours. When we serve others, we become the hands and feet of our Savior. We become His instruments through which He changes lives.
As you think about how you can serve God together by serving others, remember that it is not about fulfilling a duty, or how many projects you can do, or how big those projects are.
It’s not about you. It’s about showing the love of Christ to others. It’s about being His hands, feet, and mouth. If we do this, then we will be His witnesses.
When we serve the Lord together we will be like those Jesus describes in Matthew 25:34-40:
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
Anytime we serve others, we are serving Jesus.
If we want to have a stronger and deeper relationship with the Lord and each other, and so a stronger marriage, we must ask Him to reveal to us those we can show His love to with words and action. We must ask Jesus to open our eyes and hearts to people we can bring to Him.
We’re thankful for examples like Stephen and Brooksyne, and Aquila and Priscilla before them–couples who serve the Lord together. They are an inspiration and encouragement to us all.
How will you serve the Lord together?
Questions for Discussion
- Read this week’s teaching together and discuss how God has spoken to each of you individually, and in your marriage.
- Think back over this study. What things have stood out to the two of you over the last several weeks? What has God taught you that will strengthen your marriage?
- Discuss together how you believe God is leading you to serve Him and others together? Be as specific as possible. Begin to make specific plans for putting what God has been leading you to do into practice. Write these ideas and plans down. Discuss them in future weeks to make certain you are working to put them into practice.
- Pray and ask God to help lead you and clarify your plans to serve Him and others together.
Next week, we will begin a new topic to study.
Until then, may God bless you in all His wonderful ways,
Other posts in the SERVING GOD TOGETHER series:
Part 1–Made for Good Works
Part 2–Keeping Him First in Your Life
Part 3–Using Your Spiritual Gifts
Part 4–Learning from a Bible Couple
Part 5–Finding Ways to Serve
Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Scripture quotations marked (NASB) taken from the New American Standard Bible® (NASB), Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org
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