Understanding the implications of the Great Commission

I do not easily ask for help” – understanding the implications of the Great Commission

For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great.
Psalm 18:31-35 NIV

A few years ago while attending a seminar a speaker sketched the following scenario:

Scenario 1:
A friend of yours is in need of help.
Someone in church’s car broke down and need help.
A marriage is falling apart
Someone asks for prayer

What do you do and WHY?

Scenario 2:
You are in need of help.
Your car broke down and need help
Your marriage is falling apart, what do you do?
You need prayer, who do you go to?

What do you do and WHY?

Are you happy to help others in need, but also as likely to refuse help from others? When asked if it applies to anyone in the audience, a few of our hands went up. Why would you respond that way?

She then went on to say (and this has had a profound impact on me):

You want people to look at you with admiration of your perfection, your devotion, your dedication and commitment. What you are modelling is that you are the rock, the foundation, the unbreakable strength people can rely upon.

At this point I wasn’t quite sure if I like the direction of her talk!

She continued:

so are you Jesus?

She wasn’t quite finished:

You accept and expect others to be vulnerable, but refuse being vulnerable yourself? That is not humbleness; that is pride!

Ouch.

Religious humble pie for me right there! Pride shapes our identity. Pride makes us look self-sufficient. It portrays an image of what discipleship should look like. And in the silence it kills its followers. Pride prevents us from speaking up. Pride causes fear of vulnerability. Her words revealed the true security afforded in pride! We are modelling a strength that does not come from us! When you refuse others to support you, you also deny them the same opportunity you seek in supporting others. We are not the source, only Jesus is. Only Jesus made a way. Only Jesus was able to bridge the gap between God and us.
Only Jesus!

Helium