And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. I Corinthians 12:28
Did you realize that helping is a gift? And I’m sure we all know those people who just seem to know when and how to reach out. Intuitively, they sense that the load we’re carrying threatens to overwhelm or they see that we just need a kind word of encouragement. And this is a gift—not everyone has it.
The Bible is full of illustrations of helpers. Jethro, Moses’ Midianite father-in-law noticed that he worked long hours every single day judging the people. It took Jethro just a minute or two to point out to Moses that he was going to kill himself if he didn’t ask for help. Moses wisely respected his father-in-law’s advice and learned to delegate.
And then there was Joshua. He helped Moses fight the Lord’s battles. When Israel was fighting Amalek, Moses stood on the mountain and raised his arms (in prayer?). Before long, Moses’ arms were tiring, but when he lowered them, the Israelites began to lose the battle. That’s when helpers, Aaron and Hur, stepped up and stood on either side of Moses and held up his arms, ensuring Israel’s victory.
And there was Moses’ sister Miriam, who was a praise leader. And Samuel who assisted Eli in the service of ministry. David helped Saul fight God’s battles. Ruth was unflaggingly loyal to Naomi. Daniel served numbers of kings, and so on.
God has placed helpers and hand-holders in each of our lives, but we need to recognize them and release the loads that we think only we can carry. God gives us what we need, but he doesn’t force his gifts upon us. Not only do those special people bless us, but they, in turn, are blessed as we allow them to activate their God-given gifts. Let’s let go and let God use his servants in our lives.
Father, can it be pride that keeps us from reaching out, from asking for a hand-holder? Cause us to realize that you’ve put us together in community so that we mutually build each other up. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.