Help and be Helped

Numbers 3:9   (NLT)   9 Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons. They have been given from among all the people of Israel to serve as their assistants.

The Lord is our Helper, and one of the ways He helps us is through people. We all need help, and we all ought to help others. God moves in and through us so that we can serve and be served. The work God assigns us is bigger than one person can do alone. God Numbers 3.9 - Help and be Helpedproviding us help and instructing us to help shows His concern about us, about others, about His Name, about His Kingdom.

We all have a call; our call is personal, but our call involves God and people. We’re to love God with all our hearts, minds, souls, strengths, and we’re to love others as ourselves. We can’t do that without getting involved with God and with people. And because others have the same mandate, we too will be recipients of that love. We can’t escape this. This is how humanity is designed: we’re inter-connected.

Don’t be alarmed. God doesn’t want our boundaries violated. Though the Levites were assigned to assist Aaron and his sons, there were things they couldn’t do, touch, and see that Aaron and his sons could. He has things that are uniquely ours, uniquely others’, and uniquely His. Helping others doesn’t mean having the right to violate those boundaries. There are lines we can’t cross, and there are lines we can. There are works we can share, and there are responsibilities reserved for the individuals alone. To violate these boundaries can be ungodly and can end up not helping at all.

Remember, even helping has protocols. Forgetting this can be devastating. Instead of helping, we cause more work; instead of making things easier, we make them harder; instead of making things faster, we cause the delay; instead of building, we destroy; and the worst: instead of giving life, we bring death.

We need help, others do too. God helps us. We receive help, we help others. All these are done respectfully. Help becomes a real blessing.

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Extravagant Love

Luke 7:38  (KJV)   38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.

The woman’s love for Jesus was displayed extravagantly, emotionally, affectionately, and very visibly. It had no regard for other people’s impression of who she was and cared not for criticisms she would receive. How could she do it? Why did she do it? Before she poured a single drop of perfume, she first poured all of herself. Her all-out external display of love naturally exuded from an all-out love that was already resident in the depths of her heart. It was a great “show;” she had a great love.

Love expresses itself. Love finds a way to do so. Much love will express much. A lack of loving expression may be an alarming signal of a lack of love. Please, conscientiously watch the signs. If we truly love our Master, let no personal predispositions, religious traditions or popular opinions hold us back from letting our love have its way. This is not a proposition to listen to the heart without consideration of wisdom. That would be foolish and disastrous. Lovers have been unnecessarily hurt because of solely emotional decisions. This is not a rebellious outcry to discard boundaries; that wouldn’t be love; love is righteous; it springs from the very nature of God. We need not indulge in ungodliness to generously demonstrate the greatness of our love.  We have enough godly expressions of love to last us more than one lifetime. We are to love God with all our hearts, minds, soul, and strength. Let our love flow: emotionally, intelligently, deeply, physically – noticeably.

Loving God, thank you for sparing no expense in showing how great your love is for us. You gave it your best; You gave us the greatest expression of Your love by giving us Your Son. Please help us to reciprocate Your gesture – limited as we are. May we never be ashamed of letting others know of our love for You,  even in the way we love others too. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.