READ : Ephesians 6:21-22
A deeply religious man was deeply depressed. The advice he got was mostly, “Get away and rekindle with the Lord; your walk with God has become a lower pri ority”; and “God’s rod and staff will comfort you.” So he redoubled his time in prayer and Bible study, yet his depression grew worse. He didn’t get better until he met someone who would simply listen to him nonjudgementally, with unconditional love.
This man believed that Christ is the all-sufficient Lord. So, with Christ beside him he needed no one else. This is an unhealthy, false belief. From the beginning God has chosen to use people to meet people’s needs.
“Two are better than one,” said the Preacher, “if one falls down, his friend can help him up” (Eccl. 4:9-10). We are the body of Christ – his eyes, hands, feet, ears and voice to each other and the world. Christ himself needed people. He had good friends whom he visited frequently – Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Jesus asked three of the apostles to accompany and support him in his sorrow in Gethsemane. John was “the disciple Jesus loved” and to whom he entrusted his mother.
Are you a Tychicus to someone – an encourager? We all need friends and encouragers, enthusiastic members of God’s booster team.
I need you, Lord, and I need your people. Amen.