“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Make Your Strength Count!
(Please read 1 Corinthians 10:12_
When you read in the Bible of strong and weak Christians, in which category do you place yourself? Is it sort of automatic for you to think of yourself as strong, or do you perhaps think of some areas in which you need to improve? It seems likely that most of us might concede that we haven’t reached our peak as servants of the Lord but are stronger than several others we know.
Paul took it for granted that we could always find some weaker person in need of help, especially in knowledge and understanding of God’s will for the human family. We recognize that this is so, but it takes tact and patience to provide help in many cases because the object of our attention doesn’t recognize her or his need of such assistance. Unless handled carefully and prayerfully that kind of situation can cause hard feelings and even terminate friendships. It takes real strength and good judgment to teach a person who doesn’t feel a need to change any of his or her opinions about how to live before the Lord. But gentle refusal of unacceptable notions can have the effect of teaching a weaker person.
And lest we become proud of our strength, we have only to recall Jesus’s sad story of the rich fool who proudly planned bigger barns with no thought of helping others but lost his life and soul as a result of his selfishness. May God bless us in discerning who is strong and who needs help.