I Can't Make You Better
Just recently I was talking with a friend about a retreat I went on a couple of weeks ago (See Post: Hiding Behind My Uniform). I focused most of my story about the conversations my group initiated with strangers about Jesus. I told her about how it was 100% out of my comfort zone but still...cool. It was still 100% what I needed to do and what I need to be doing more of. Just out of social politeness she came back with something along the lines of, "You were helping people - making people better. That's a good thing even if you weren't comfortable."
And I said, "Well, no. I wasn't helping them. But Jesus was."
You see, the only valuable thing we shared during that retreat (besides simply loving people well) was the Gospel. Telling people where true and eternal life can be found. Telling people where true love, joy, and hope can be found - outside of this crazy world we live in.
The only thing that can help anyone in this life, is a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I was trying to reiterate this to my friend because she is not a believer. But I wanted to share it with you all now - believer or not - because I think it is vitally important that we know that the ultimate healing we find in salvation has nothing to do with what you or I can do for each other, and everything to do with what Jesus did on the cross for all of us.
It's kind of like going to the doctor. The doctor tells you to take this medicine, exercise, and change your diet if you want your health to improve. But the doctor does not make you better. Your decision to believe what the doctor tells you is true and make those changes in your life is what makes you better.
Jesus wants us to be doctors who prescribe His love and truth. Or more accurately, He wants us to be His disciples, His witnesses, and His missionaries who tell the world of the hope we have found in Him (Acts 1:8).
We can help people if we let God use us. But without God we will only help them temporarily.
I know this was a short post tonight y'all. And maybe you didn't get a whole lot out of it. But maybe, that's kind of the point.
You can read every post I write, but they don't lead you to dive back into God's word, I can't help you.
I hope tonight, or tomorrow, or whenever you read this, you take time after to dig into scripture and begin doing so daily so that each day, we can all get, a little better.