Do I have a healthy balance between independence and dependence?
independent beings, but need to have interaction with fellow workers (Gen 2:18). As we help others, whether in hard, physical work or battling in intercession, we must have a right perspective, understanding it is ‘more beneficial to give than receive’ (Act 20:35; 2 Cor 1:11; Col 4:12). However, we should also be alert so we are not conned into an unhealthy co-dependent relationship, doing what others should and can do for themselves. We should always recognise and acknowledge the help of the Lord and other people who have enabled us to achieve what we have (Gen 4:1; Deut 8:18).
While we must apply ourselves to the tasks of life, as Christians we are to ask for and co-operate with the Lord to bring about His purposes in us and through us for His honour (Neh 6:16; Mk 16:20).
Throughout the Psalms there is a continual and confident call to the Lord for help, and recognition that “God is our refuge and strength; an ever present help in trouble” (Ps 18:6, 27:9, 30:2, 46:1,109:26, 121:1,2). Can I confidently state, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Ps 118:6,7).
In times of difficulty I will help you says the Lord – Isaiah 41:10,13
Jesus came to serve humanity and when we reach out and help those in need He recognises our service for Him, which will be rewarded. However, note the converse is also true, if we fail to be moved with compassion, punishment follows (Mt 25:35-45; Mk 10:45; Heb 6:10). While the love of Jesus compels us all to be other-focused and serve (as appropriate), God has special appointments for those with a heart and ability to help others (Lk 6:31; Jn 13:15; 1 Cor 12:28; 2 Cor 5:14; Phil 2:4). Paul applied this to his life saying that he didn’t hesitate to preach anything that would be helpful to others in their spiritual walk (Act 20:20).
The Holy Spirit is termed our advocate, the one who helps us in our Christian walk (Jn 14:16; Rom 8:26; 2 Tim 1:14).