Here’s a preview of what I’ve written over at Satisfaction Through Christ today. It’s been a blessing of a lesson and one that I think you’ll relate with.
There are givers, and there are takers. Then there are those who are excellent at both and utilize them with wisdom.
I love to give generously. God has grown me to a point where I recognize that giving away my time, my effort, and my resources brings me so much joy and I really love to meet needs. However, there’s an awful side to this story too.
I have a pride problem.
It’s mostly manifested into an inability to ask for help or accept gifts. God usually brings me to the end of my self-sufficient rope when I endure a physical malady.
As someone who was an avid rock climber, martial artist and world traveler who could sleep in any position in any place, I’ve ruined my body before I was the age of 3o. This means that I’ve had 7 surgeries and countless other injuries. It seems to be the one thing that constantly brings me to finally realize that I need others to meet my own needs sometimes.
When I’m unable to do things myself, God reminds me the importance of receiving from the community of Christ.
I have labeled this inability to accept the extension of the gifts of the others as “stealing their blessing”. I was not enabling them to use their gifts to build up the Body. I was turning down their attempt to meet needs and serve others.
We see a similar situation in John 13 when Peter refuses to allow Jesus to wash his feet. It’s quite a teachable moment.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” — John 13:6-8
The thing I get about Peter here is the incredulous feeling that Jesus, of all people, would stoop to a servant’s role in order wash the feet of his disciples. Peter knew who Jesus was, he could probably tolerate the reverse – if he washed Jesus’ feet – but the reverse got an immediate objection.While Jesus is exemplifying humility, Peter portrays a false humility. Click To Tweet
Believe it or not, I’ve enjoyed learning this lesson and I’d love for you to read the rest of it at Satisfaction Through Christ. It’s been a joy to write about this discipline that happens in me, for God’s glory and my good. Please go read it in it’s fullness and entirety by clicking here.