Today’s Scripture: Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

After tiring of looking at posts of his friends out living their lives, a man decided he wanted to make some non-virtual friends. ‘It’s been such a long time since I have attempted this,’ he thought to himself, ‘I guess I can do it the same way I do it on Facebook©.’

“Hey, man! Do you want to friend me? Let’s go to a baseball game!” he exclaimed to a random passer-by. For some reason, the man moved away very quickly down the street. Then he saw a young woman about his age. “Hi! Do you want to see what I had for dinner at this Chinese place last night?” He whipped out his phone and began to show all kinds of pictures, but again received an awkward response. The good news is that after a full day of doing this, he finally gained three very dedicated followers…two policemen and a psychiatrist.

In Scripture, a friend of Paul named Onesiphorus is mentioned. We do not know much about him. But what the Bible does make very plain is he was a source of great refreshment to the Apostle Paul. He upheld him in the Lord and deeply cared about furthering the Lord’s work. Take a moment to read II Timothy 1:16-18.

Are you willing to go past being someone’s Facebook© friend? We are in a real battle, and we need real supporters in the fight, not pictures on a computer. I am not saying that sharing with friends is a bad thing, especially if you have world-wide ministry connections, or those you care about have gone to serve the Lord elsewhere. What I am asking is: what are you really doing for those people? Are you going to the Lord for them in prayer? As for your brothers and sisters in Christ who are part of your church, what are you doing to help them stay in the fight?

Consider today what you can do to be an Onesiphorus. You could visit those who are ailing and relieve some of their loneliness. You may be able to take someone who is discouraged out for dinner. It may cost time, money, and the sacrifice of your own plans. In your moment of need, think about what you would rather have – a few happy faces of friends on Facebook© or a real shoulder to lean on when life gets tough. Are your friends worth more than just a look? Be for someone else the friend you would desire for yourself. Pray for God to show you who to reach out to today.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.