Let’s allow ourselves to be brutally honest for a moment. Well, we should always try to be honest, but I think perhaps brutal honesty may fall into a different category. And the brutal truth is, people can be like leeches.
Can you think of a person who just drains the energy and time right out of you? I can. In fact, I can think of several people. And I’ll go further into this strange world of brutal honesty by saying, I have been that “human leech” to someone else. Ouch! But that sounds so mean to say. Yes it does, but recognizing and admitting it is important.
I am not trying to say that we should all deny that people need each other. Of course we do! And there are seasons in our life when God places a specific person in our path who may desperately need us, whether he or she realizes it or not.
The reason it is so necessary to recognize how vulnerable we are to a place of “blood sucking death” is so that we can do what is vital to protect our own health and well-being. After all, how can we help others if we are…well..umm..dead?
Paul’s letter to the young church of Thessalonica (Thessalonians 1: 2-3) almost immediately points out three vital attributes of a healthy Christian. His or her works are produced by faith. His labor is prompted by love, and his endurance is inspired by hope in Jesus Christ. Wow!
Paul also reminds us in verses 4 and 5, that the power of the Holy Spirit works in our lives when we belong to Christ. And this is the key to survival in a needy world. The power is not from us. We run out quickly. But with the true power of the Holy Spirit working in our life, we are able to give more.
And when that power is combined with works of faith, labors of love and hope driven endurance, we become a model of faith to others. Paul concludes of the church in Thess. 1:7-8, ” And so you became a model to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia…your faith in God has become known everywhere, therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead- Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.”
So we serve a God who has conquered death. He is our life source! And with his help, we can help others in time of need by sharing his life giving love that we should be daily filled with.