HELP! I have fallen and cannot get up.
John 19:28–37 (HCSB)
Hebrews 10:24–25 (HCSB)
“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Everyone falls, some more than others. It does not matter if you come from the poorest of poor, or the richest of the rich, everyone falls. The difference between people then becomes how they handle the fall and if anyone was there to help. As Christians we are called to help others but how much do we really help? Think for a moment how different would the world be if we helped someone every time we had the opportunity? How different would your state look if we helped everyone every time we had the chance? How different would our churches, missions, and ministries look if we helped every time we had the chance?
Looking at Jesus’s ministry he employed helped to do so, the Son of God needed help. Realizing that, we should be more motivated to employ help as well give help. The ministry is not an easy job, perhaps one of toughest. I am not saying this because I am a minister but I am saying this from experience. Our churches are struggling to keep their doors open. Other ministries out there are struggling as well because we refuse to help them. Now before anyone begins to believe I am talking about monetary help, I would like to state that is only one way to help a ministry or church.
As Christians we are given abilities from God that we can use to help a ministry. If a person has the knowledge and ability to be a plumber, then see if your church or local ministry could use your ability to help them. Carpenter, web design, or perhaps you are on the computer a lot, why not use your time to promote a church or ministry to your friends or family. So many times it is preached that tithing concerns money and it is simply not the truth. In fact, tithing (10%) was an Old Testament rule to help provide the Levites help since their job was to work for God and the people since they were not allowed to work the fields or sell goods to support themselves. Paul in his writings to the Corinthians wrote about a love offering. A love offering is a gift from the heart, a gift you were instructed to give by God. (2 Cor 8-9). If that is money, then give money, if that is your gift of construction, cooking, music, teaching, preaching, or simply to promote other ministries, than that is what we do.
The author of Hebrews understood the need to help each other as we wait for Christ to return. To worship together and support each other. The church, as a whole, is suffering because we hold on to what we have as if it is a great secret. We see others struggling in life or the ministry and we sit waiting on God to send them the help they need, when in reality, we are that help that God is sending. The Israelites were led by Moses, King David, among others and the world was sent Christ, the apostles, and other disciples. Let us not forget we are the arms and feet of God. God uses us to help others in need. Take the time to help your fellow brothers and sisters, the church, and other ministries because one day we will fall and need help.
1819 A Dollar To God
Three thousand for my brand-new car;
Five thousand for a piece of sod.
Ten thousand I paid to begin a house;
A dollar I gave to God.
A tidy sum to entertain my friends in pointless chatter.
And when the world goes crazy mad,
I ask, Lord, what’s the matter?
A dollar I gave to God.
Yet there is one big question,
For the answer I still search:
With things so bad in this old world,
What’s holding back my church?
1833 Hattie’s 57 Pennies
Hattie Wiatt, a little girl, came to a small Sunday school and asked to be taken in, but it was explained there was no room for her. In less than two years she fell ill, and slipped away on her own little last pilgrimage and no one guessed her strange, little secret until beneath her pillow was found a torn pocketbook with fifty-seven pennies in it, wrapped in a scrap of paper on which was written, “To help build the little Temple bigger, so that more children can go to Sunday school.” For two years she had saved her pennies for the cause which was nearest her heart.
The pastor told the incident to his congregation, and the people began making donations for the enlargement. The papers told it far and wide, and within five years those fifty-seven pennies had grown to be $250,000, and today in Philadelphia, can be seen a great church, the Baptist Temple, seating 3,300, a Temple College with accommodations for more than 1,400 students, a Temple Hospital, and a Temple Sunday school so large that all who wish may come and be comfortable.
If you want to accept Jesus Christ into your life, simply bow your head and repeat these words from the heart,
“Dear God I know I’m a sinner, I know I am not where I want to be, and I want your forgiveness! I believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for my sins and rose again and is alive today!
Please wash me clean from all sin, shame, and guilt, come into my life Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I ask this in your name Jesus.
*Next find yourself a Bible believing church where there are real people with real problems who are not afraid to admit that. And that they know how to take these real problems to God.
*Take time to read from the Bible, if you want, you can start with the Gospel of John and then the book of Romans in the New Testament.
 Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 469.
 Paul Lee Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc., 1996), 471.