Monday, April 4th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 5)
Your Small Group
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him.
Matthew 10:2-4 (NASB)
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Matthew 5:30 (NKJV)
Among your inner circle of Christian friends and counselors, who's your right-hand man? When I paused to consider the King's men, I was surprised by their cheeky advice. Even after witnessing miracles, His apostles suggested countermoves; counter, that is, to His expressed intents.
In hindsight, they were faulty ideas, which could have hindered their Lord's perfect plans. But at the time, their contemplations and arguments seemed reasonable to them. Which led me to ponder how church advisors might frustrate great destinies today.
Because we don't have the Eyes of Jesus to keep our questioning minds on target. But we do 'Have the Mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16), don't we? Along with our Guide, 'The Spirit of Truth' (John 16:13), Who will disclose to us what is to come.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Our greatest Counselor is the Lord. Next would be humble people of God: humble enough to know they're human and their vision cannot equal His; humble enough to stay in prayer and request the Lord's confirmation;
Wise enough to know when lips should shut and Bibles should open in research; bold enough to see the church's flaws, where so many Christians have hidden; proven to you with other questions, where good counsel became evident.
Since Jesus said 'Be wise as serpents' (Matthew 10:16), He certainly meant worldly wisdom, recognizing evil in disguise. But He also meant false church wisdom, which is the enemy's specialty.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your small group must prove itself in fire. Even then, it can't replace God's Word.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.