Leaning on something or someone that is rooted in Christ during a difficulty in life is perfectly fine. We need our brothers and sisters in the Lord. The support of our church family is necessary, even mandatory according to scripture. We err when we reject the opportunity to be uplifted from one another’s encouragement in Christ.
Where we run into trouble is when we lean on things that are not rooted in Christ. Self help will not help us, no matter how empowered we feel. The power that comes from self is rooted in lies, bears pride, and leaves us wounded and left for dead. When we lean on anything that is built on any foundation other than Christ alone, we are leaning on something founded on sand. It will not hold us up under the greatest strains of life.
What are you leaning on today? There’s an old hymn that says, “Leaning, leaning, leaning on the Everlasting arm”. When you lean on your brothers and sisters in Christ, you are leaning on the arm of the Lord because they are in His arms as well. Have you tried to walk this walk in life on your own with no support? Stop. We need our church family.
Know matter how much someone cares for us, unless they are trusting in the Lord for themselves, they can be of no lasting support to us. Without the new mind, the mind of Christ, we know not how to help others. All we know is what comes natural; criticism, frustration, anger, judgement. In Christ we know nothing is impossible. We have faith that He can turn the impossible into the possible. With our faith in Him, we can encourage others in Him and His ability to do what we can’t.
Are you the person that others can lean on for support? Or are you the last person they should turn to because you will run and tell everyone their struggle, judge them harshly, criticize them relentlessly? Be the person you are in Christ. Be a support. Be an encourager. You don’t have to understand how it all works out, just believe that with Christ all things are possible. Remember how Christ interacts with you, with grace and mercy. Act like Him. Rest in Him. Stand in Him. Others need you. I need you. Will you?