It was a good morning. This morning, I was honored to lead the Men’s Bible study with my Thursday morning group. The regular leader was in Louisville at conference. I was excited about this. I warned them I had not been behind the pulpit for a while so they should get comfortable because I was catching up!
ONE – It is good to be trusted. These guys had only known me a short while but they took a chance on me. What a great statement about the Christian family. We take chances for each other. We look for opportunities to help others use their gifts and talents for Kingdom work. What a great statement of trust in the family of God.
TWO – It is good to use my gift. I love to teach, to dig into the Word and share it with others, to challenge myself and others with Biblical application, and to see the Word come alive for life today. When the Spirit gave us gifts (which He does to every believer), He expects us to use them. What does it say when we know God gave us something and we just let it sit around?
THREE – It is good to be part of group, a fellowship of believers. I spent the first part of the hour in getting to know them better. It is great to be connected. We were created as relational beings and we need each other.
And FOUR – It is good to be challenged from the Word. We dug into 2 Corinthians 10.1-6 and looked at the principles of the spiritual battle going on in our mind. I encourage you to look at this text and dig in some. But something I often overlook when I dig into this text are the key components of Paul’s character.
Paul was being attacked. False teachers and others where coming against him. They came against him hard. He was defending his ministry. But how did he respond, what was the character of his defense – not with vengeance or anger.
I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!— I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.
Paul responded with three basic characteristics – he was compassionate, he was courageous, and he was confident. These three qualities are described of Paul and they show how we too can respond in times of conflict and hardship. I can dig into these later, but space is limited here (and so is your time)
So the challenge to you (and to myself) …
… Who are you encouraging, trusting, and prodding to use their gifts for Kingdom work? (read Hebrews 10.24)
… How are you using the gift God gave you? (read 1 Corinthians 12.11)
… Who is your group, your posse, your peeps? We need them – and they need you! (read Hebrews 10.25)
… And, what truth has God challenged you with lately? (read Psalm 119.105)
These made my day a good day – it can to the same for you!