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October 1, 2015, 12:00 AM

Weak, Wounded, and Wanting

As Christians, we need to get into the habit of always inviting people to church, especially when they need it the most.  We all face circumstance in life where we need someone, or group of someones, to lean on.  For many of you that group is your Sunday School Class.   But, many of the people you know have no such support group in their life.  We need to build habits into our life that allow us to be the greatest help at the greatest time of need.  Inviting people to church all the time is one such habit.  But, I think that there are certain situations where it is especially important.  Three of those situations are when we recognize that people have been left either weak, wounded or wanting.



We all go through times of weakness: physical weakness, spiritual weakness, relational weakness, emotional weakness, etc.  If we are not careful, a weakness on one area of life can overload another area of life.  Much like compensating for an injury in one leg can create soreness and trouble in the other leg; compensating for weakness in one area of life can lead to weakness in multiple areas of life.


We need to recognize weakness when we hear people say things like: “I don't know if I can handle this” or “This is just too much for me” or “I just was not prepared for this”.  This is the  perfect opportunity to invite them to church and plug them into your Sunday School Class.  They need the godly support of a loving group of people.  But more importantly, they need to discover that Jesus is the one who says: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest”



Life has a way of wounding us.  It is the result of sin.  But, simply knowing the cause does not seem to help alleviate any of the pain.   When we hear people talk about a loss in life, we need to recognize that they are talking about a wound.  When we hear them talk about their wounds, we need to remember that what they need most is the Great Physician. 



We need to remember that sin is like drinking salt water.  Salt water may look refreshing, but drinking it will only lead to a greater need for fresh water.  When we hear people say things like “There has to be more to life than this” or “This isn't as fulfilling as what I thought it would be”, then we need to realize that they are searching for something deeper than they have found.   They need to hear Jesus say to them the same thing he told the woman at the well in John 4:14: “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”


Our relationship with God is our strength in troubled times.  Our church and Sunday School Class is to be our support group during those dark days.  We must realize that when we see people struggling through the dark days of life, we have the solution to their greatest need. 

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