Why is it often hard to ask for help? A fear of appearing weak or incompetent? A too-confident view of our own abilities? Not trusting others? The Bible teaches us that our desire to be in control is at the heart of our rebellion against God. We want to do things our way, and so we say ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to God. The result is that we cut ourselves off from our Creator and also from our neighbour whom God put here to be a help.
The Bible shows how a life transformed by the gospel of Jesus can change our relationships with others so that we see working together as a blessing.
In Romans 16 the apostle Paul introduces Phoebe to the church in Rome. Paul had been greatly blessed in his ministry by God directly, but it is clear from his words that Phoebe’s help and support had been invaluable to him. He instructs the Roman church to make her welcome and to extend the same help to her as she had shown to others. It is working together that marks out our work as Christ’s disciples.
We don’t have to worry about sharing the glory because the glory wasn’t going to us anyway. We don’t have to be in control and capable of everything because God has given us other people with different skills and capabilities who can assist us in the work. The message of Jesus opens us up to the blessing of others as we work together to show God’s love. (Romans 16:1-2)