“Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring success. Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!” (Proverbs 15:22-23,NLT) I thank the Lord for my wife’s good sense. Too many times to count she has provided me with a perspective that helps me find the right balance, or she has wisely steered me away from some impetuous, regrettable action. In our church, I am doubly thankful for our leadership team, men and women who bring wisdom to our planning and programs.
King David enjoyed the counsel of good friends. He nicknamed his inner circle, “the Mighty Men.” The Bible says “David’s Mighty Men, …linked arms with him as he took up his kingship…” (1 Chronicles 11:10, The Message) They were his allies, offering encouragement, surrounding him with support.
In the book of the Acts which tells us the stories of the first generation of the Church. When they faced thorny issues councils were called and God’s wisdom emerged. Peter and Paul were decisive and bold leaders, but they were also willing to let God speak to them through the counsel of from the Body. Sometimes the debate was sharp and words pointed! Feelings got hurt, too. But, with the help of the Spirit, those early church leaders kept their eyes on the goal and built Christ’s Kingdom, not their own!
Who are your ‘mighty men?’
Are there people in your life that you have invited to speak truthfully to you, no matter the situation?
Are you a “Lone Ranger” trying to live self-sufficiently?
Jesus calls us into the community of the Church. That means more than coming together for worship on Sunday morning. He asks us to lay down our ego, to ‘die to self,’ and to become servants to one another. In obedience, we gain so much. Our society loves radical individualism. We are quick to discard relationships with those who challenge us, who offer counsel that does not soothe us, or seem to affirm us. Let’s take that descriptive line from the experience of the Mighty Men and ‘link arms!’ Let’s go beyond romantic notions of fellowship that only values the ‘warm fuzzies’ that come from the good times of fun and laughter, to build a real team that builds our character, that calls the highest and best from us in the cause of Christ.
Take this word from the Word with you today. Ask God, the Spirit, to teach you how to build a circle of counselors in your life.
“Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor.
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.
And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other.But how can one be warm alone?
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT)
(CoffeeBreak will not go out next week. I’ll be taking a break. See you in June!)