If you are new to the congregation yourself, don’t let that hold you back. Meeting and trying to get to know others is a way you can serve from the very start. If you are shy, I certainly sympathize with those feelings. But pray for help and step out on faith. It means a great deal to have someone say something simple like, “Hi. My name is ________. What is yours? We’re glad to have you here.” Meeting people will get easier, and you will experience the joy of giving of yourself.

It often is difficult to pull ourselves away from our best friends to get around to others. It’s important to nurture our close relationships. But please take time to greet and get to know others, some of whom don’t yet have close friends in the congregation. In fact, you can say to your good friend, “Let’s go say hello to that person.” And then the two or three of you can go together to speak to the newer person. Remember what Jesus said, “And if you greet your brethren [“friends” in margin] only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?” (Matthew 5:47).

Besides His disciples whom He was training, with whom did Jesus spend most of His time? With those who needed His help. And we can be Christlike servants without neglecting our friends.