Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Romans 15:1-3 (MSG)
I know that these verses are speaking of spiritual weakness, however, I also believe that the same holds true for those who are experiencing physical weaknesses.
Having given birth to my second child at the end of September, I truly understand the need for the strength of helpers to help me in my current state of frailty. It has been a blessing to hear the words, “How can I help?” and know that it is genuine, from the heart, and in the footsteps of Christ.
Those who have helped me over the past week and a half have assisted me not because of their own desires for glory and recognition, but because they love me in the ways that Holy Spirit asked them to.
If it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterize us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God develop maturity in you so that you get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not our voices only, but our very lives singing in harmony in a stunning anthem to the God and Father of our Master Jesus! So reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory. Jesus did it; now you do it! Romans 15:4-7 (MSG)
Every time we step out of our own self-centeredness and think about the needs of another, we are growing; growing in character, in maturity, we are becoming more like Jesus. As we grow more like Christ, we become more connected to one another; we become more and more unified.
As we help others in their weaknesses they grow in strength and become fortified. Likewise, we are encouraged and more equipped to be confident in our own places of weakness.
Though it feels difficult to be in a vulnerable place, those uncomfortable experiences of fragility allow the blessings of God the Father to flow through others into ourselves. I don’t believe that He want us to have to experience those moments of neediness, but when we do and respond by relying on His love, grace, protection, and provision, directly through Him as well as through others, His healing, strengthening, glorious rain will fall down on us like rain to refresh, revive, and re-energize us.
In a couple of days we’ll feel better.
By the third day he’ll have made us brand-new,
Alive and on our feet,
fit to face him.
We’re ready to study God,
eager for God-knowledge.
As sure as dawn breaks,
so sure is his daily arrival.
He comes as rain comes,
as spring rain refreshing the ground.” Hosea 6:2-3 (MSG)
Yesappa, Thank you!
Welcome to the Earth, R. Hadassah Yael Serah!
(Born 28, September 2012 at 9:42am, 20.5 inches, 8 pounds, 3 ounces)
My Sweet Serah! (pronounced “Say-rah”)
Blessings – Julie, Vadipatti, India