Romans–Passionate Christian Theology
“If you help, just help, don’t take over…”
We lifers in ministry and “church work” have strong desires to “help”…in every facet of the church. We stick to our jobs well. We have done it for decades, feel good about it AND we plan to keep doing it…without thought of “helping” someone else do it. Mm. Has the thought ever occurred to us to help someone else in their efforts to seek a place to help? Do we take time to show someone what we do that helps, then condescendingly say, move over, I’ll take care of that for you, if they don’t do it exactly like we did it? Is that helping? Maybe our motivations for helping are skewed and off center. WHO is the center and Head? Jesus.
Another thought occurs to us through this reading and meditating,..how did Jesus help? How did He help his helpers to help? (Yes, I am actually over using the word help.)
–Jesus sent Peter, the fisherman, to fish so he could pull the right amount of coins from the fish’s mouth to pay their taxes. He told Peter exactly what to do, then trusted Peter to do it. He gave Peter an assignment that fit who Peter was…a fisherman.
–Jesus’ method of operation was: watch what I do, now do it with me, now you do it while I watch you, now you do it. (Great teachers, mentors and true servant leaders still use this method!)
–Jesus helps helpers with this command: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28, The Message
Dear Heavenly Father, We repent of taking over. When given an opportunity to help, help us help the way You did it on earth, in the most excellent way, with love for You first and then for the one we are helping. Then help us to move on and get out of the way so You can help the helper we trained to do the same…help someone else. Wow, Lord, this lesson strikes the heart of those who want to serve You in your ways well. Help us, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen