FRIDAY, MARCH 15
“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.”
Hebrews 12:3 ESV
THE GUY WE WANT
Years ago, Coach Shug Jordan at Auburn University asked his former linebacker Mike Kollin, who was then playing for the Miami Dolphins, if he would help him do some recruiting. Mike said, “Sure, coach. What kind of player are you looking for?” The coach said, “Well Mike, you know there’s that fellow, you knock him down, he just stays down?” Mike said, “We don’t want him, do we, coach?” “No, that’s right. Then there’s that fellow, you knock him down and he gets up, you knock him down again and he stays down.” Mike said, “We don’t want him either, do we, coach?” Coach said, “No, but Mike, there’s a fellow, you knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up. Knock him down, he gets up.” Mike said, “That’s the guy we want isn’t it, coach?” The coach answered, “No, Mike, we don’t want him either. I want you to find the guy who’s knocking everybody down. That’s the guy we want.”
The author of Hebrews reminds us in Hebrews 13:3 that we are the kind of people who God wants on His team and in His family. The body of Christ is made up of the kind of people who show up when someone else in the family gets knocked down. We are reminded that we are in this together. There is a familiar expression that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. We must not let others in the body suffer or struggle alone.
One motivation for doing what we can to help those in need is that we are in this together and we could easily be the one in need. You never forget the people who show up in your life during your most difficult days. When you reflect on difficult times you’ve experienced in the past who are the people who made the biggest impact? What did they do that made such an impact? Often the thing they did was simply show up and be present. Ask God to show you someone who needs you to show up in their difficult season.