The last few weeks have been very rough for me. I was in a car accident, I had a few setbacks with an event I was planning, and had a few disagreements with people who are close to me. In the middle of the storm I had to learn to take care of myself and allow others to minister to me. While reading Matthew 26: 7-10:
“7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me.”
I received an awesome illustration of how Jesus allowed others to minister to him and I applied this to my life. I finally allowed and received others ministering words. I allowed others to speak into my life. I realized that I must allow the care I pour on others, to be poured on me. An unknown author wrote:
“When the world you live in makes endless withdrawals, you must learn to make deposits; otherwise you’ll end up with insufficient funds. And pretty soon those checks will start to bounce everywhere – morally, emotionally, and spiritually. Who’ll give back to you – if not you?”
I was living my life as legalist and a serv – a – holic. A legalist never stops trying to measure up to the law. He/she is a perfectionist morally, ethically and religiously. A serv – a – holic always sacrifice themselves on the altar of endless church activities and believing you have do these things to please God. God wants a relationship. He wants to give you peace that transcends all your understanding. I want you to understand God loves when we help others, but we can’t help our neighbor until we help ourselves. When you are on an airplane they tell you the put the air mask on yourself before you can help others. Learn from Jesus and my story, and allow others to serve and minister to you sometimes.