Have you ever experienced people who think they are helping, but often only make things harder? Now, if you don’t know anyone like that, then maybe it’s you (wink). A few years back, in a marketing meeting, the phrase “Help is only Help if it Helps” was birthed, which I then memorialized on the belly of this teddy bear.
Helping others, aka serving, is a foundational principle for followers of Jesus. In the book of Luke, we find the Disciples “bickering over who of them would end up the greatest. But Jesus intervened: ‘Kings like to throw their weight around and people in authority like to give themselves fancy titles. It’s not going to be that way with you. Let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant.’ ”(1)
Jesus made it clear that humility, not haughtiness, and servanthood, not entitlement, are the benchmarks by which all believers are measured.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia (present-day Turkey), he wrote, “It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.” (2)
Some of you will remember the biblical story of “The Good Samaritan”. A severely injured man lay dying along the road and many people passed by, ignoring him. They rationalized that they were too busy or too important, or that someone else will do something about it. We’ve all seen vehicles broken down on the side of the road. Did you stop and help, or tell yourself that it’s not your concern?
For those who claim to “walk by faith”, we are confronted by the truth that “Faith without works is dead.” (3) As the “hands and feet of Christ”, we have to get up and get in the mix. Otherwise, our faith is meaningless, and we become the hypocrites the world accuses us of being.
So, if you want to be a person whose faith is true and active, a person who truly helps, then actively find ways to be a servant to others, with a humble spirit, expecting nothing in return. And when you do, those whom you serve will see and experience the true and meaningful “Help” that helps.