Following Christ’s Example:
What is Christ’s pattern for service? He mercifully does for us only what we cannot do for ourselves, he never infringes on our agency, and allows us to suffer the consequences of our own choices. In the Bible dictionary, a portion of the definition of “Grace” is to “receive strength and assistance to do good works that (individuals) otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation, after they have expended their own best efforts.”
If we follow Christ’s pattern, we will not step in and keep someone from expending their own best efforts. We will not do for others what would strengthen them to do for themselves. To do so sends a powerful crippling message that they aren’t good enough or strong enough to accomplish it on their own.