He told me that she, was struggling with allergies. Then he reflected that as a believer he should have been more concerned with her than his needs – it was right at that point in the conversation that my friend shifted from sharing to meddling.
We both reflected on Philippians 2:3 – 4. In all of the cases that we encounter that others are not behaving in the manner that aligns with our desires, we are supposed to put their needs ahead of ours. Further Paul tells us that we are to do all things for the sake of the gospel, 1 Corinthians 9:19 – 23. My friend should have had that clerk’s needs in mind before his need for a water heater, for the sake of the gospel.
Neither one of us are doing very well at that. This afternoon on my way to a part time gig I have, I was asking God to help me to put all of the people I met needs ahead of mine. I did better. But not perfect. People sometimes make that hard to do.
Even then the assignment does not change.
Sometimes when you ask a friend what they are getting out of the Word, it turns into a challenge for you.
Do it anyway.