Wednesday, June 03, 2015

A Proverbs 24:32 Moment

The story I'm about to share with you saddens my soul. I'm certainly NOT pointing any fingers at anyone or any ministry. I'm sharing this story simply because I'm hoping you'll hear the Holy Spirit whisper into your soul as you read it.

I know I did.

The book of Proverbs models for us how to "observe" what's going on around us and to "learn a lesson" from what we see:

"I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw:"
—Proverbs 24:32

It's in the spirit of Proverbs 24:32 that I share this story.

After you finish reading, I dare you to answer to this question:
What lessons do you see in this story for your life?

Better yet, gather a few of your closest friends and dare to share with each other how this story speaks to your life.

Bonus Thought Here.

"Watch your life and doctrine closely."
—Paul to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16

2 comments:

The Bullhorn said...

As a pastor, here's what I found most convicting and thought provoking:

At the end of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, he says, "Beware of false prophets; by their fruit you will know them." We quote our Teacher. So why don't we apply his words? "So often Christians approach that as if it says, 'by their gifts you shall know them' or 'by their results or charisma you shall know them,'" Schlaepfer says.

"In context, Jesus is saying the exact opposite. He is talking about the fruit of the Spirit. By their spirit, their love, their joy, their peace, their gentleness—that is how you will know them."

It's too easy to measure success in ministry by the wrong criteria, yet I am prone to it all the time. Most American Christians are too, which is why we too often fall for whatever promises "success" that isn't defined how Jesus defines it.

Bill Allison said...

Thank for the honesty Bullhorn. For the record, I think you are a choice servant of God.