Have you ever gone to church with the weight of the world on your shoulders, hoping to get a little encouragement? Sometimes, despite the inspirational songs and great sermon, you walk out the door still carrying your burden. You might be tempted to ask, What happened? Why didn’t the Lord meet my need?
Oftentimes we try to keep our burdens just between the Lord and us, so we come to church hoping the pastor will say exactly what we need to hear. But God hasn’t appointed pastors to be the sole source of support and encouragement for believers. The church is the body of Christ, and it is composed of individuals who should grow and work together to carry out His purposes (1 Cor. 12:12-31).
When we fail to ask for help, we forfeit God’s blessing.
The Lord never intended for Christians to be isolated islands who never share their struggles with fellow believers. Instead, we need to lean on one another in our times of weakness. We can’t afford to let pride or fear rob us of the help God wants to provide through our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we fail to ask for help, we forfeit a great blessing.
There are seasons in life when you need to lean on someone because the burden is just too heavy. At other times, you can be the one who comes alongside someone else to help in his or her time of need. As the body of Christ, we are called to support each other in a variety of ways—by offering intercessory prayer, walking with someone through a challenging time, sharing a word of encouragement, or edifying a fellow believer with the truth of God’s Word.
The church is to be a place of reciprocal relationships. Ask yourself, Does anyone truly know your heart and understand your present struggles? And is there someone whom you are encouraging and edifying in Christ? If the answer is no, you need to ask God to help you find other believers with whom you can grow. We are meant to use our gifts to serve one another, and when we do, we accomplish the work of ministry (Eph. 4:11-16).
Remember, there’s a family of believers out there ready to offer a helping hand. They are one of the ways the Lord can meet your need. And what’s better, by reaching out to them, you might just bless someone else, too.