Often we think we have to reach certain level of well-being before we could help others in need. After all, we are called to love others in the way we love ourselves, then, we must love ourselves first and well. That sounds OK. It’s also wrong.
Our natural tendency is to minimize pain and maximize pleasure. It’s in our nature. It’s the way we have been created. In other words, there is nothing wrong in that.
That’s until our sin comes in.
More than self-preservation, our sin turns our natural tendency into an instrument to perpetuate our egocentric preferences, an instrument that feeds our idolatry.
Not better evidence of how broken we really are, than our ability of being self-centered.
Yes, we are broken instruments, incapable of helping ourselves or others. And yet, the Triune God of the Universe is pleased in using us, to clearly demonstrate His character, i.e. to bring glory to His name, and for the benefits of the nations.
Broken instruments that can be of benefit for others show how great of an Artist He really is. And because He is that Great Artist, even the broken instruments receive the benefit of His greatness.
The joy of brokenness
To serve others when we still need help is not easy. To assist the wounded when our wounds are still fresh is not without pain, for us. But there is real joy in being the instruments the Redeemer uses to show His mercy and grace.
What’s that joy?
Part of that joy comes from seeing Him in action, from the front row. When you realize He is willing and able to use you, even in the midst of your brokenness, your understanding of His character – everything that makes Him completely other – deepens.
There is joy in knowing Him better.
What is the biggest obstacle you have, to assist others wounded in the battle we call life? Ask the Triune to remove that obstacle and, in humility, follow Him in His mission to reconcile His people back to Him, brokenness and all.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.