Monday, August 8, 2016

A Help Meet in Christ

[1Co 12:27-30 KJV Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?]

I looked up the word “helps” because I really feel like this is and has been my calling. It’s not to a title, position or popular; but necessary. As this scripture is the only place this word is used, I decided to read above and below it to put it into perspective.

All are the body of Christ, but members in (in part, partly, in a measure, to some degree, as respects a part, severally, individually)

Paul calls out the more noticeable and then the not so noticeable offices or gifts. Apostles, prophets and teachers, very noticeable, in the light and high demand / highly desired positions. They receive both the most glory and the most grief. Then the next thing are gifts that also get a lot of attention, miracles and healings. If God uses you in these two desired (and nothing wrong to desire them) gifts, you will get noticed, be in the light and likewise received glory and grief. Just think about how people get mad at the person being used when what they desire doesn’t happen. Jesus Himself would say to them “be it unto thee according to your faith”. God chooses people according to His reasons and He does or doesn’t do the miracles through them according to His reasons.

Then notice how it skips over helps and governments to the diversities of tongues (which this is the gift of tongues and interpretation, or else he would not have stated “do all speak with tongues? do all interpret”). Each of the positions or gifts have limits, except helps and governments. The word governments here means directors. Directors have limits, no not like the others. One person can direct many areas or many areas can have director(s) over them. The more areas that need directors the more it expands. But you can only have one Pastor. You can only have so many preachers / teachers. Not everyone can handle being used in the different gifts available, it would spiritually kill them. 
But everyone can help. Everyone can do something to help at one point or another. There isn’t one person who is exempt from this position.

So how can I feel that being a help is my calling when everyone is also called to it. Well I’ve been where others won’t go, when needed.  Simply put, not everyone does it, even though all are called to it. The whole world is called to repentance, but not everyone comes to repentance. It’s a necessity and even with its lack of “title”, it’s vital to the body. The church needs its helps. After all Christ is coming back for His Help-meet.

Submitted by: A Help Meet in Christ – Tina Marie