How are you doing? No, how are you really doing? Are you relying on yourself to do all you need to do? Do you ask others to help? Do you rely on others to do for you rather than doing for yourself? Do you ask God to give you the strength you need?
We see all kinds of people as we go through this world. We see some who refuse to ask for help, who will do it on their own or not do it at all. We often think these people are strong. Yet sometimes those people have become that way because others have failed them in the past or they simply want it done their way and don’t trust anyone else to complete the task the way they want.
We see some who ask for help all the time. We may refer to them as being needy. It seems they can do nothing for themselves. We may get tired of them asking for help. Yet they likely have gotten this way because people have done for them for a long time and they’ve become accustomed to others doing their tasks for them, sometimes without even realizing it.
As someone who follows Jesus, we are to be neither of these type of people. We are to lean on God’s strength to help us through whatever we face. We are also to rely on God’s people to help, when needed. Imagine what we could accomplish if we all relied on God’s strength and we all helped each other as needed.
We are to do everything we do to the glory of God. This means every word we speak and every task we work. We are to ask God for the strength to do so and be confident He will provide. This does not mean we do it without the help of others. In fact, God often works through others to our benefit, which means He works through us to the benefit of others.
We have heard the saying, “it takes a community.” When that community relies on the strength of God, our potential is limitless. When the community speaks as Jesus would speak and approach tasks in the way Jesus would approach them, with the strength of God, we find we can take on whatever faces us.
I pray we all determine to rely on God’s strength in our lives. I pray we all speak each word to the glory of God. I pray each of us help each other with tasks. I pray we decide to ask for help when needed and complete what we can without someone else’s help. Be kind to others. Speak as Jesus would speak. Help others. Ask for help. Rely on God’s strength.
1 Peter 4:11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.