To care and be cared for – Hope 103.2

To care and be cared for

By David ReayTuesday 19 Sep 2017LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 2 Timothy 4:9-11

9 Timothy, please come as soon as you can. 10 Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Bring Mark with you when you come, for he will be helpful to me in my ministry. (NLT)

There are basically two types of Christians. Some who are frail and weak and don’t share it with anyone. Others who are frail and weak and who do share their weakness with others. We sometimes think there is a third type: those who have through mighty faith and spiritual disciplines conquered their frailties. There is no such third type.

It is also true that our very weakness drives us to God’s strength and so that weakness doesn’t render us useless or have us sink in despair. We get weary and turn to God for refreshment. We get confused and turn to God for clarity. We get disappointed and turn to God for hope.

And it is true that we who care for others need care from others. Note in this text that the great Apostle Paul shows his need of human help. He can’t do it all on his own. We who serve God and others need to guard against feeling invulnerable and super-strong. True, there are times when we have to put aside our own needs and weariness and press on.

But there are other times when we have to admit we can press on no longer. The carer needs care. The servant needs service. The minister needs ministry. The lover needs love. All our love for others and for God does not negate the need for us to receive love from God and others. Superman only exists in comics.

David Reay