Romans 15:1-3 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”
It is a part of our human nature that we find affirmation and acceptance about who we are and our significance in this world. To know that I have friends and family that know me and accept me is comforting. But there is one thing I have learned being a Christian these twenty-nine years; I cannot depend on and must not seek peace, affirmation, acceptance, and love from anyone except God.
Please do not misunderstand…
We truly have a need for human interaction, touch, love, acceptance, security, and all that makes for close, personal relationships. What I am saying and what I have found is that when I am grounded in my relationship with the Father, all my other relationships thrive.
When I fail, I can find critics as well as comforters.
When I am going through a particularly rough trial, I can be discouraged because those that I may have depended upon aren’t there for me when I might truly need them. But the Word of God tells me:
Proverbs 18:24 “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Hebrews 13:5 “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
Romans 8:17 “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”
A newly saved person is fodder for the devil’s lies. That is why discipleship in the local, New Testament church is a vital component for growth. To be shown the difference between right and wrong is one thing. But to feel we’ve done our duty by teaching alone is foolish.
Unless we walk with our converts to point out the snares, the pitfalls and the subtle lies of the enemy, they will succumb to the tricks of the devil.
This passage spoke to me of those who truly took the time to disciple me, train me and teach me what it was to have a close, personal relationship with the God of Heaven. In their faithfulness to the Great Commission, I became a grounded, settled, and serving child of God.
The pleasure we receive from knowing that there are those we have brought into the family of God, moved by the Holy Spirit to God to teach and train them to do the same is one of the greatest pleasures.
One of the assaults of our enemy is to be so self-focused to be literally blinded to the needs of others.
Crying out because our rights have been violated. Whining when we don’t get our way or our expectations are dashed on the pressing needs of others. It is played out before us all over social media. The selfies and the posts that point to our needs, our wants, our desires.
Christ came to serve. We are to follow His steps.
1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”
It may not taste very good at the time. It may be hard on us to follow through. It might even be that no one will recognize our sacrifice, our toil, our trouble, and our sweat. But all too often we forget:
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
So, the “me time” we truly need is the time we take to be with God; to confess and repent of sin; to pour out our hearts to Him about the fears and failures, and to bring before Him those who truly need to comfort, covering, courage, and consoling. Always remembering:
Philippians 4:13, 19 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”