WHAT IS – ‘BEING HELPED’?
Sounds like a strange question – one easily answered?
First port of call – the dictionary:
improve (a situation or problem); be of benefit to:
This is only one part of the definition, but perhaps the best part.
‘Be of benefit to:’
When you read one of the posts you follow – I’m sure it is usually ‘helpful’.
Placing money in the charity box – is helpful.
The child reaching out for the toy again, when you are trying to put their shirt on, can illicit the parental response of: ‘John this is not helpful’.
The Beatles gave us ‘Help’:
When I was younger, so much younger than today
I never needed anybody’s help in any way
But now these days are gone I’m not so self-assured
Now I find I’ve changed my mind, I’ve opened up the doors
[Younger – not needing anyone’s help. When really that’s probably the time we need it most].
What do we consider helpful? What remarks/blog post(s) do we find helpful?
Sometimes it can be someone’s post that is mixed with emotion.
The blogger writes about some experience we have all had, and the person writing the post has an angle on it – that stirs us. Empathy arrives in our hearts and we concur (usually with a like-button-hit).
Help must be appropriate or concurrent with the situation of need.
Sometimes people try to help but their suggestion is not appropriate, lacking in sensitivity to the situation.
Sometimes people are genuinely moved to help, but feel inadequate and blunder into doing something more unhelpful than helpful.
1 Corinthians 1:22-24
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
In this passage of scripture we read of different mindset-responses to preaching. In simple terms some perceive it as helpful and others?: ‘‘Paul this is not helpful’.
We read that the preaching for some was a Stumbling block (difficulty) or foolishness. This can be the perception of some who read a Christian-themed post, — and the post will get less like-button hits than a painting of a ‘bird’.
The other response is: ‘This is so helpful – please give me more of the same’.
The gospel message, referred to here in the above passage, is meant to be 100% helpful. It is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
This present post, I believe to be helpful – it might even fit the category of ‘helps ministry’ (I Corinthians 12/28).
It is encouraging you to hear and respond to the gospel wherever you hear it.
But I know also it is a stumbling block and foolishness to others.
I hope this clarification is helpful?