Church @ The Park | Part 4

Pastor Chris continues our “word” devotional at our Church @ the Park for the month of June. This week’s word is “help.” Help is defined as: aid, assistance, relief.
Make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one’s services or resources. Serve someone with (food or drink). The action of helping someone to do something; assistance.

Life can be such a struggle sometimes. We get lost, sick, distracted, and overwhelmed. And we try and handle things on our own, but sometimes we just can’t. We need help. We need other people and we need Jesus. And God is so generous with both.  He loves to bring people into our lives who speak truth to us, believe in us, inspire and encourage us.

He knows all of our strength but more importantly He knows our weaknesses. And he matches them up with the strengths and weaknesses of others. No matter how capable or smart we think that we are. There are times that we need to ask or help. Help from those people in our world.

Romans 10:12-13 tells us, “It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. ‘Everyone who calls ‘Help, God!’ gets helps.'” We all need to ask for help from Jesus on a daily basis. He is our provider. And the only one who can give us everything that we need: Physical needs like money for food, medical expenses, Emotional needs like love and acceptance, Spiritual needs like forgiveness, freedom and coolness to Him.

And we are not alone. There are hundreds of stories and verses in God’s word about the help He gives to Him people. He understands human struggles. He knows exactly what we need. And He WANTS to help us! Sometimes He gives us…Guidance, Comfort, Encouragement through a friend or even a stranger. Sometimes He changes a situation by opening up a different opportunity, making a way, healing or restoring something broken. And sometimes He just wraps his arms around us through a terrible storm and hold us close.

Maybe you need to just let God help you in your life and situation today. Allow Him to help you but you have to let go

Or maybe you need to step-up and help someone today.
1 Peter 4:10 reminds us, “Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and He’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!”

Because if we were honest with ourself, we have all been blessed with more than enough. More than enough finances, time, energy, talents, abilities. And even if it means that you have to go with less. Less money in your bank account, less time to yourself, less energy or time to do what “You” want to do. Less “yourself” so that someone else can experience God’s Love, God’s Help, God’s Peace. You have all already been served. We all have stories where God has helped us.

The reality is that both can happen at the same time. We think it’ s an either or situation. We can be served by God’s presence, His love, His Peace and then allowing that to flow out of us to those around us. The question now is, will we continue just to be served or will we step-up and serve? Be served and to serve at the same time.

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