I’ve discovered it to be true — that I’m one of many best offenders in the case of passing up assist as a result of “I can do it myself.”
Be it church members providing to hold tables, different pastors providing their companies, or associates providing to pay for a meal, my tendency is to point out nice appreciation for the supply however say, “Oh, I simply couldn’t bother you; I’ve received this.”
In recognizing this about myself, I need to zoom out to the grander image, and I see that I do that so typically with God, our creator, grasp and pal.
So why do I make this level? As a result of it causes me to rely by myself energy so typically, it might probably get to the purpose that counting on myself is all I do know, and I think that I’m not the one one who struggles with this unhealthy behavior. It might plant seeds of bitterness as a result of “I’m at all times serving to others, however no person ever helps me.” And even worse, it can provide us a false sense of reliability upon self.
Over the previous few months, I’ve been engaged on this, making an attempt to just accept assist from individuals who supply, and in addition making an attempt to completely put my reliance on God. There’s such knowledge in Paul’s phrases:
“However he answered me, ‘My grace is at all times greater than sufficient for you, and my energy finds its full expression via your weak point.’ So I’ll rejoice my weaknesses, for once I’m weak, I sense extra deeply the mighty energy of Christ residing in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 TPT)
Let’s enable our weak point to be uncovered, in order that we’re then introduced into Christ’s energy. He won’t ever fail us as some folks do; He won’t ever develop weary as we do; and He won’t ever create seeds of bitterness as we so typically do for ourselves. However His energy, His would possibly, His phrase carry us into the fullness of pleasure that His presence guarantees.
Justin Gardner pastors at River of Life Fellowship, 702 Church St., Sandpoint. The church could be reached at 208-255-7111.