by Dan Lentz
1. Name a task you routinely do for someone because you know the person hates to do it and you want to show your love.
2. What difficult task does someone routinely do for you out of love?
Read Ruth 2:8-18.
3. Try to list as many examples as you can find in these verses of people serving one another.
4. Gleaning means picking up the grain left on the ground after the harvest. What are you gleaning from your acts of service these days? Are you gathering a blessing from your acts of service, or does it feel more like your load is a burden? Do you think there is anything wrong with having the attitude of “I’m just doing my job”?
5. If you had the opportunity and the resources, what would you love to do for someone else?
6. Make your vision of service a reality by planning a service project you can do as a group together. Some ideas include: making meals for someone who has been ill or injured, doing yard work for someone who is not able, and performing random acts of kindness for your neighbors.
7. Plan your service project and then pray for the Lord to make you a blessing to others as you serve.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.