Can you discern when God wants you to be the “POINT MAN” or the “PASSER”? As Christians, we often feel we’re expected to perform a certain way. While being Christian insinuates a high standard of behavior, God didn’t intend for us to replicate doormats or punching bags.
Are you familiar with the phrase “Armor of God”? There are a string of verses that compile God’s directive on defending against evil. Through them, God equips us with the armor needed to carry this out. We are to suit up with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Take the time to read Ephesians 6:10-18 in its entirety, but even with just the bits we’ve provided here, God’s instruction is abundantly clear. We are not called to lie down and succumb to abuse, temptation, and evil; we are to stand tall and strong. Yes, there are great expectations on our lives, but they should never be at the expense of our morals and values.
Along life’s journey, there will be people you’re delighted to embrace as friends, some you feel called to help, and others you’re better off keeping at arm’s length. For the latter, you can still pray for the person or point them in the right direction, but you don’t necessarily need to be the point man. God may have someone else better suited for the task lined up just down the road. This isn’t permission to shirk responsibility when it should be yours, rather an argument for the position that we aren’t called to be everything to everybody. Sometimes stepping back or passing WITHOUT GUILT is the best choice and the decision God would prefer you make as well.
Something else to bear in mind. It’s not your duty to save everyone. In fact, remember, you don’t personally save anyone anyway. While you may just be trying to lend assistance, know your place. Remember what Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” ( John 14:6). Jesus went after sinners and outcasts with the purpose of getting them cleaned up and saved. He didn’t, however, help everyone, because not everyone was open to what he offered.
Take the Sadducees and the Pharisees for instance. Their religious stance was such that they were closed off to the Holy Spirit. There are those who are “open” to being helped and those who aren’t. Use thoughtful discernment when deciding where your responsibility starts and stops and what resources you are called to expend.
Can you discern when God wants you to be the “point man” or the “passer”?
We challenge you to pray on this and make sure you’re available for God to use you in the capacity he knows will work best for each situation, and that you can say ‘no’ when it’s best to pass.