9.26.2018

Both are NECESSARY. And both are GOOD.


To meet needs is noble,
but to admit our own is still necessary.
- John MacArthur

This is SUCH a fantastic quote!
And few words need to be added to the Scriptures which support it.

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. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

When He had washed their feet and put on His outer garments and resumed His place, He said to them, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet." John 13:12-14

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16

Wonderful verses. Clear commands. Beautiful images of serving and loving others.
But let's be honest.
It is often far easier to serve others than to ask for others - to serve us.
And yet, when we don't ask, when we refuse to share our needs because of pride or fear, we not only rob others of the blessing of ministering to us, we rob them of the joy of walking in obedience to the Lord by living out what Scripture commands.
It is, without a doubt, an absolute JOY to serve others when they are in need.
So we must remember that they feel equal joy when they are given the opportunity to do the same - for us.

Serve one another – Galatians 5:13
Rejoice or weep with one another – Romans 12:15
Care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25
Be kind and forgiving to one another – Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18
Encourage one another – 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 3:13
Be compassionate with one another – 1 Peter 3:8
Pray for one another – James 5:16

Lord, make us men and women who are as willing to be vulnerable and admit we need one another as we are willing to serve one another.
Serving is easy because we can hide our own struggles and sorrows behind smiles and platters of pasta and a few hours at the park with someone's child. We can serve without being "known."
But admitting we are weak, admitting we cannot do this thing called 'life' on our own, and admitting that we need someone else ... these things put us in a place of insecurity, transparency, and vulnerability. We worry more about whether others will reject us than wonder how they will LOVE us.
Forgive us for this, Father, for it is You who created the body of Christ for a purpose - to serve one another. Love one another. Care for one another. Comfort, encourage, and show compassion to one another.  It is often easier to DO these things than to RECEIVE them, Lord, but oh, how beautiful it is to be on the receiving end of such kindness and grace!
Teach us how to do them better - giving and receiving. You created both, for both are necessary.
And everything You made and everything You do - is GOOD.
May we learn to meet the needs of others and admit our own with humility and grace, and glorify You in the process. Amen.

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