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21 May 2009

"Sure... I'll help"


Think about what could happen if more people said, "Sure... I'll help". It's a seemingly easy concept... but it doesn't take much digging into what Godly helping is... to discover it's importance and cost. Sacrifice is intricately woven into helping. By definition, "Help" is "Contribute strength or means to".

There is also a task COMPLETION aspect to helping that can be missed/forgotten or ignored on the account of it's difficulty. "To give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need". Helping is a very Acts 2 concept of bringing what you have into the collective and investing what you have into other to accomplish a common goal. Not necessarily your own goal.

Maybe they should be one in the same?

"Helps" as a spiritual gift, doesn't get much pub. But I LOVE people who cheerfully and honestly say "
Sure! I'll Help!" without ulterior motives, angles for accolades, or subversive undercurrents. Indulge me a Message and New Living mashup of 1 Corinthians 12: 27-31

You are Christ's body—that's who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your "part" mean anything. You're familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his "body":

apostles
prophets
teachers
miracle workers
healers
helpers
organizers
those who pray in tongues.


But it's obvious by now, isn't it, that Christ's church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It's not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called "important" parts. You should earnestly desire the
most helpful gifts.


Isn't that amazing? It's about more than putting value rankings on the outplaying of specific ministry gifts. God seems to care more about the big picture being accomplished than us getting our limelight. Odd eh? It's a bit of a, "
Oh get OVER yourself dude... just smile and help!". Romans 12:3 backs this up where it says

"...I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment..."


To a great extent, we all have the "gift of helps". It encompasses grace (unmerited favor) because it requires us to put what someone else is doing above us (
even if you don't totally agree or understand) . That's what CHRISTIANS are called to do. It encompasses servanthood, which is another thing that all CHRISTIANS are called to do. In that vein, "Helps" applies DIRECTLY to leadership aswell... because leadership IS servanthood. To those with Apostolic gifting, theirs is a life of friendship to OTHERS destinies.

When there is something that needs doing... saying, "
SURE I'll help". Meaning it. Doing it. And seeing it through... is a total breath of fresh air. It's life.

Ecc 4:12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


In most scenarios... ministry doesn't even happen without "Helps". Period. And it's not just because there would be no one to make coffee and sweep up (
although that is a part of it... because people complain if that's not done... but never want to do it :)

In Acts 6, the Big C Church was thriving... the big wheels were in motion but there were practical things that were being neglected... like the poor. An important thing. The leaders (The 12 Apostles) did NOT stop what they were doing to take care of the needs of the poor. NOPE. They valued the preaching of the Word of God more and had no problem saying it out loud. (
Grumbling under your breath... "those cold, heartless, ...grrrr grumble... they just don't get it... grrrr"). Ever thought/felt/heard/grumbled that? You gotta a beef with the Apostles?? Many do.

The 12's response was,
"Choose seven men from among you whom everyone trusts, men full of the Holy Spirit and good sense, and we'll assign them this task. Meanwhile, we'll stick to our assigned tasks of prayer and speaking God's Word." Hmmm. People who will say, "Sure... I'll help" The result? "The Word of God prospered. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased dramatically. Not least, a great many priests submitted themselves to the faith."

Neat

A fully functioning body in action (both practically and spiritually) releases the stuff we desperately long to see happen in our city. It's also a principle that is EASILY stifled without people who will see a need and say "
Sure... I'll help". Helping releases Freedom. Freedom in you... your church... and your friends. It's a bridge-builder. It's challenging and humbling yes... but it's also liberating and powerful!


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1 comment:

Valorosa said...

This post is outstanding !!! ;-)

There are many organizations in the world that "help". They are not just church oriented but they are doing what God has called us all to do.

HELP

James 1

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the 'law of liberty', and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless.

Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

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