We did a Bible study the other evening, it was awesome…it really got me thinking about some junk going on in my life. Junk, in this case is just circumstances…everybody has junk at one time or another, it’s unfortunate, but it happens…blah blah blah.
So the theme of the Bible study was “keeping your heart.” It was an AWESOME study…and well timed. As I re-read the scriptures brought forth and spent time in prayer. God showed me some important things in my life and in His scripture.
Spending time with people who are where you want to be will help you get from where you are to where you need to be. It’s called mentorship, it’s also called accountability.
The Bible is chock-full of excellent examples of mentoring relationships. See Moses learning from his father-in-law, Jethro in Exodus 18. Follow Moses mentoring of Joshua in Deuteronomy 3:28. It’s amazing to see spiritually hungry Elisha run past the other prophets to get to Elijah’s side 2 Kings 2:1-16, passionate about being mentored. Follow David’s growth as his mentor-peer, Jonathan, introduces him to political leadership. Other kings were mentored by their religious teachers.
In the New Testament our supreme model, Jesus Christ, mentored the Twelve and the Three. One of the three, Peter, in turn had some type of mentoring relationship with Barnabas ( Galatians 2:11-13 ).
This applies to ALL areas of our lives.
As a Christian, if you want to be a better Christian, a Godlier person, a person closer to God…you spend time with those people who are Godlier than you are. You spend time with people that KNOW how to pray, people who are encouragers.
In the gym, if you want to be stronger, you train with people that are stronger than you are. Makes sense, sometimes I just need a reminder.
So, in MY life, that’s where I want to be. A better Christian, a better preacher, a better father, husband, and better fit than I’ve ever been so that I can be a better example and serve God better than I ever have.
(If I’m to receive criticism here – this is where it’s going to come from) So, as it seems, as we press on toward the mark…Satan roars his ugly head. It seems that sometime we have to endure things…junk…and sometime people that have been placed in our lives through no fault of our own. It’s tough because I find myself battling with my self because I do not want to be judgmental…I’ve been judged by others and it’s NOT fun and biblically unsound. At the same time we have to face situations and see the fruit for what it is. The scripture that I ran into was Proverbs 23:9, one translation says Do not talk to a fool, and another says do not speak in the hearing of a fool. That is what I needed to hear. As I battle with people that appear to be fools…alas, the Word of God also says we should, aside from not being judgmental, we should not call someone a fool in Matthew 5:22. I’m not calling anyone a fool, but I’m witnessing the biblical definition of a fool.
I had to go look up the definition of a fool:
1. One who is destitute of reason, or the common powers of understanding; an idiot. Some persons are born fools, and are called natural fools; others may become fools by some injury done to the brain.
2. In common language, a person who is somewhat deficient in intellect, but not an idiot; or a person who acts absurdly; one who does not exercise his reason; one who pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom.
3. In scripture, fool is often used for a wicked or depraved person; one who acts contrary to sound wisdom in his moral deportment; one who follows his own inclinations, who prefers trifling and temporary pleasures to the service of God and eternal happiness.
4. A weak christian; a godly person who has much remaining sin and unbelief.
5. A term of indignity and reproach.
So there’s my thoughts for this evening…I have been very careful to not name names or spread gossip. These are my personal battles, as I strive to better myself, I find myself questioning myself. As I study and write down my thoughts I can better analyze my thoughts and motives. I hope that no one gets offended by my thoughts…on the contrary, I hope that someone gains something from my study.
As I wrap this up…YES, keep your heart – protect your heart as you encounter people and junk that you may not be able to control…you and only you with the power of the Holy Spirit can keep your own heart.