Serving: The Right Time and Right Place May Be Right Now

For You From The Word

They compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. (Mark 15:21, ESV)

For You To Think About

shadows of two friends on the beachIn Bible times, the faithful flocked to Jerusalem to commemorate Passover – God’s release of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery. The city was crowded.

Simon was a Jew from Cyrene, then a province of Libya, about 900 miles and a month’s journey from Jerusalem. He was away from what was comfortable and familiar, passing through the city (perhaps to celebrate the Passover feast, though we are not certain) when he was pressed into service. Roman soldiers compelled Simon to carry Jesus’ crossbeam through the streets – an estimated 75-125 pounds – because the Lord was too weak to do so.

Perhaps you identify with Simon. You may be at the right place at the right time to help someone … and you may be compelled to carry a load as you walk with that person, even if you didn’t plan to do so and even if it is just for a short time.

Today we recall Simon’s simple act of practical help as a gift to our Savior. He was at the right place at the right time.

What will you do when you are given an opportunity to serve a vulnerable woman in need?

The right time and the right place may be right now.

For You to Pray

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for Simon of Cyrene’s service, humility, and cooperation in serving our Lord. Show me how to serve even when it may be uncomfortable or unplanned.

In Jesus name. Amen.


More Devotionals for Passion Week and Eastertide

Do You Have an Upper Room?

At the Cross: Friends Stand With You in the Hardest Times

At Easter: Don’t Give Up. Jesus Didn’t.

At Easter: Jesus Honored and Valued Women


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