Son, Mother | Devotion #3: We Need Each Other
I grew up being a middle child, and for most of my childhood, the only boy. I do have a brother that is 17 years younger than me. So, being surrounded by so many women (I have four sisters), I spent much of my time growing up on a farm doing things by myself. Between self-entertainment and chores, I became self-reliant in most aspects of my life. To this day it is difficult for me to ask for help. I know this is a fault.
I believe that many times in our Christian walk, we become jaded by people’s lack of desire to help others personally, or help in serving in a ministry. Therefore, we just soldier on by ourselves, not asking for help, trying to make miracles happen. I have heard many times the statistic that 90% of serving in the church is done by 10% of the body. It is no wonder sometimes we are ineffective in ministry if this is true! It is like trying to do a job or accomplish a goal with only 10% of your body parts. It would be definitely more challenging.
We see a picture of this at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Jesus is about to die for all of mankind’s sin. He sees His mother and the Apostle John are struggling to understand the ramifications of all that is happening before their eyes. I believe He sees in order for them to go forward from this event, they were going to need each other. In John 19:26-27, we see Him address the issue, “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” Jesus did not expect his mother or one of His best friends to “soldier” on alone. He has given us one another. We are to support each other, serve one another, pray for one another, and give to one another. Romans 12:10-18 adds, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” We are meant to be there for one another. In this passage, we see the words “one another,” “those,” and “all.” They are words that are inclusive of all the body of Christ. We are not meant to go it alone.
God has taught me many times over that when I do things by myself, without those He has placed in my life to be a blessing, I tend to lean towards self-pity and pride. I want neither of these attributes in my life. My prayer is that I learn to use people in my life, with their different giftings, to work together to achieve the task that God has set before us. We can reach the world with the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this, we will definitely “need each other!”