Romans 15:1-6 ‘…Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us…’ (From the Message translation of the Bible.)
This years’ student leadership team have devise a fitting theme to base their focus for 2017; ‘My strength is your support’. A pertinent theme as the need for men to learn to connect with each other and support one another is becoming increasingly important to all. During recent chapels, the notion of avoidance has been discussed, notably how it is the enemy to genuinely helping others as well as genuinely being helped; either we feel inadequate to help or we feel like no one will understand should we require help. Several of Jesus’ interactions with various characters in the Bible have been shared during chapel, noting that He never avoided people’s problems, but rather made the point of directly interacting with people who are entangled in problems, with the desire to lend a hand and help out.
The passage from Romans 15 (above) highlights some practical principles on how we use our strength to support others;
As we all grow stronger in many wonderful ways, consider the principle highlighted in this passage of scripture; ‘Strength is for service, not Status’.
Rev Geordie Barham
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