What do you do when someone comes to you with a problem? A struggle? A hurt?
I want to help, I want to fix it, I want make everything okay. If only a hug could cure all the problems people face or a kind word could transform a situation. Of course these things help but they in no way address the issue, overcome the hurdle or mend the broken heart and that makes me sad.
I don’t know about you but I’m a wannabe fixer up-er! I want to fix whatever it is that needs fixing. The only problem is… I am not the one who can. Too often we expect to be the heroes in people’s story. We want to come up with all the right solutions, help them achieve the breakthrough they need or say the words that heal their pain. Our role in the story is not to be the hero but to lead people to the hero… Jesus.
Let’s move from being fixer up-ers to lifter up-ers. How often do we get texts, Facebook messages, calls from friends asking for prayer, needing advice or just pouring their hearts out to us? How often do we stand together with them as brothers and sisters in Christ and fight their corner in prayer? I’m not talking about a ‘Lord help them’ prayer but prayer that allows us to feel their pain and plead with God to break into their situation. We are their family and family lives out of love. If there’s a problem in the family where do you go? The head of the family and as Christians that is God.
We need to be constantly lifting them up before the Father. Praying for them as if we were going through that very situation with them. Helping them see Jesus amidst it all. Walking them through scripture. Encouraging them to keep running the race because its worth it, He’s worth it. (Acts 14:22)
We are called to ‘carry each other’s burdens…’ (Galatians 6:2) ‘Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.’ (Romans 12:15) ‘…be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.’ (Ephesians 6:18b)
Lets be available to the people God has placed in our lives, let us be willing to sacrifice for one another and let us pray like never before to the One who can move mountains… Because when the mountains move we can only fall down and worship!