If you are someone who has the privilege of speaking into people’s lives, then you understand what an incredible responsibility that is. There are times you know exactly what to say, and then there are those moments when you’re at a loss for words. This is not just for those who verbally speak to people, but also those that write and use their ability to help others. So, whether you talk to people or write to them, you have an audience of listeners, no matter what the size is.
The Apostle Paul felt the responsibility of writing and speaking. Just like many in the ministry today, he knew he had to be directional and instructional. There were also times when he had to deal with difficult issues within the church. He even faced the challenges of modern culture and warned the people of the dangers of being entangled with the pleasures of the world.
Even though Paul felt the weight of speaking into people’s lives, I found a scripture this morning that helped me as a minister who speaks and writes. It’s found in Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and this is what it says.
2 Corinthians 1:24 (KJV)
24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Without getting into all of the issues of the Corinthians, I just want you to notice four words in this verse.
“HELPERS OF YOUR JOY”.
With all of the responsibilities that Paul felt in writing to them, he realized a very important truth. Sometimes you have to help people get their joy. He understood that people get discouraged and weary. Their faith at times is weak and they can even feel helpless. Paul used his ability to speak and write to help them feel joy in the middle of their situations.
I believe that everyone who ministers through speaking or writing should understand the words of Paul in this scripture. Use your ability to help people get their joy. Sure, people need instruction, direction and even correction, but you would be amazed at what joy can change in their lives. Find a way to encourage somebody. Bring someone hope in what you say and write. Feel the challenge of stopping somebody from crying and hurting with your words. Use the gift and calling that God has given you and be a HELPER OF SOMEONE’S JOY!!!