Brother, Let Me Help With That
One of the coolest and most fulfilling things that I have experienced is the feeling of satisfying a need of another person. Whether that means giving them some cash, some food, or saying a prayer with them, I am convinced that this feeling is far above any other type of satisfaction. What is very interesting, on the other hand, is the fact that it probably feels good because I do not do it as much as I should--especially when it comes to my brothers and sisters in Christ.
See, the apostle Paul says that we should "Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2). I find that it is easier said than done, and that is why I feel it is necessary to write about something I feel most of us struggle with.
There is no denying that each member of the body is going to be different. Some people enjoy hunting and sports, while others enjoy reading and gaming. With diversity comes differences, but that shouldn't create an added wall within the house. In fact, these differences should encourage engagement with the other members of the body.
"For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another" (Romans 12:4-5, NASB, emphasis mine).
So think with me for just a moment. If I am a member of you, and you are a member of me, and we are both members of the Church, why is it that you don't know about my struggles. Why is it that I don't know that you need help with something or that something is weighing on you? The point here is that the body was never intended for any one person to carry the weight of all the other members. It was designed so that each member relied on one another, and that they all had one thing in common--the head of the body, Jesus.
"He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything" (Colossians 1:17-18, NASB, emphasis mine).
We can see here evidence that Jesus is the one who holds the body together. The members support the head--and the other parts of the body. Jesus should be the focus of every member of the body because he, being the head, has already defined what the parts of the body are supposed to do--what they are designed to do. It is our responsibility to make sure that we are following the instructions of the head as accurately as we can.
Part of that instruction is to "not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others" (Philippians 2:4, NASB), and also, "admonish the unruly, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone" (1 Thessalonians 5:14, NASB).
At the end of the day, it is more than just one other thing that is optional and can be blown off. Christians are literally instructed to bear with one another, to be patient with everyone, and to look out for others. These are practical things that we can do to support the body of Christ. When we support one another, we will find that the Church will benefit. So I invite you brothers and sisters to open up to the world that we, as Christians, were called to live in.
As always, if there is anything I can do for you, brother, let me help with that.
Until next time.