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Living Effectively for Christ 9: Being a Help

Living Effectively for Christ Day 9 – Being a Help

“For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do.” (Hebrews 6:10, ESV)

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13, ESV)

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:2-3, ESV)

Living for Christ is not just abstaining from sinful desires, but actively seeking His will and carrying it out. To fully unpack the life of Christ on earth would take more than a lifetime, but one of the prominent aspects of His work here was to be a help. He was a help to the communities in which He lived and visited, to those who believed and followed Him, and to His closest friends and family. How can we seek to do the same?

Helping in our community starts with knowing our community. I’ll be the first to admit that I am terrible at striking up conversations of any kind (let alone spiritual ones) with strangers. Not Christ. He actively sought out places where He knew He would meet, interact with, and convert unbelievers, both directly and indirectly. Christ intentionally sat at the well in Samaria at midday to meet the Samaritan woman whom He would ultimately save. She quickly spread His message around the whole town and brought more souls to Christ. 

We can even think of His miracles and how he would not only heal the sick and disabled people but win their souls as well. Even when He met with adversity and was run out of town, He did not stop helping those around Him wherever He went. While we may not be able to heal the sick, we can certainly be a help. Seek out places where you can be a help, like the local soup kitchens, or volunteer at the old folks’ home. Even if the only help you can offer is assisting a mom with her arms full and loading the groceries in her car, do it. There are so many opportunities to share God’s love and the gospel with our community if we choose to look for them.

While the local churches had not yet been established, Christ was a help even to them while He was here. He devoted His time to spreading the gospel and also teaching the truth to those who believed and followed Him. I can only imagine how many more questions the disciples asked of Him that weren’t recorded in Scriptures and yet He would have patiently answered them all. In His final days He even took care to eat with His followers and wash their feet. He proved Himself a servant to everyone with whom He came into contact. What are you doing for your local church? Not sure where to start? If you see a need, fill it—it truly is that simple. Whether you’re tossing out the trash, organizing a dinner, or encouraging a younger brother/sister in Christ, there is no task too small. Even just being there is a help and an encouragement to those teaching and preaching.

Some of Christ’s most impactful moments for me are His interactions on the cross. He was actively suffering to the point of death and yet He was caring for those around Him. Not only did He share the gospel with the thief next to Him, but He ensured that His widowed mother would be taken care of for the rest of her days. Knowing He, the oldest son, would soon be gone, He entrusted her to His best friend, John, who would support her emotionally and financially. Talk about being a help to your family and friends! While we may never find ourselves in this position, we can certainly be a help. Just as with our community, to be a help we must be aware of what needs to be done. We must try to be aware of what’s going on in each other’s lives so that hopefully we know what they need when they need it, even if they don’t ask. Yes, this requires effort and may not come naturally for us, but we are still called to be a help. 

Let us bear one another’s burdens, just as Christ bore the burden of our sins on the cross. Let us seek to be a help to anyone with whom we come into contact in our community, our church, and our closest relationships. See a need and commit to fill it.

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