This morning as I was walking into work, there was a young man walking in behind me. Now, I didn’t notice until the both of us made it to the door that his arms were full of stuff and he was struggling so I asked him, why he didn’t ask me for help and his reply was, “I started too.” Understand this, I don’t know him because he works on the 2nd floor and I work on the 3rd floor but I see him from time to time but that didn’t mean I couldn’t have helped him carry some of the things he was struggling with to the same door we were both walking too. And get this; he wouldn’t have even had to ask because had I seen him, I would have offered. You know this got me to thinking right? Yea, I started thinking why can’t we, as Saints of God, help each other like this more often? When we see another person struggling, why can’t we offer to help instead of standing back waiting to see if they’ll fall. I’ll even go this way, why can’t we ask for help instead of allowing our pride to get in the way? So many folk in the church are suffering because they are afraid to open their mouth for help and on the flip side, so many are afraid to open their mouth for help out of fear of their business being spread. We’ve got to do better!
When will we do better? When will the church be restored back to the place it was supposed to be? Isn’t the church supposed to be the hospital for the sin sick? A place where I can go without judgment and shame? A place where I should find peace and not pain? A place where I should find joy? Aren’t we supposed to be God’s people, called by His name, humble and holy? Aren’t we supposed to help one another? I didn’t ask you to pay my bills, I just ask you to lend me your shoulder to lay my pounding head. I didn’t ask you to deliver me, I just ask you to pray for me. I didn’t ask you to perform a miracle, I simply asked you to stand close just in case I leaned. I didn’t ask you to carry all my stuff, just help me move it. I don’t want you to carry my burdens but can I talk to you about them sometimes without criticism? Please understand, when I ask when will the church be restored, I’m speaking of the people because the building isn’t the problem; the people is. We, as the people of God, have become the issue. We’ve got to do better. We are perishing in a daily hell, struggling and straining most times by ourselves because we won’t ask for help. Stop it! The enemy has an army of folk on his side; you need folk on your side too. Stop trying to fight the enemy alone. You can’t! If you need help, ask!