Sunday, March 18, 2012
Welcome to Day 77 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Joshua 1:2, “Moses my servant is dead. Now then…”
v 7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 2:9, “I know that the LORD has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. 10 We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. 11 When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for
the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” (Rahab, a prostitute.)
Psalm 37:3 “Trust in the LORD and do good.”
Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him…”
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…”
Psalm 37:8 “Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret…”
Psalm 37:27 “Turn from evil and do good…”
Psalm 37:34 “Hope in the LORD and keep his way.”
1 Corinthians 3:4 “For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? 5 What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul?
through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but…
who makes things grow.”
The verses in 1 Corinthians have so much wisdom… caution us to refrain from following men, but for all of us to keep our eyes on Christ. Back then it was, “I follow Paul!” vs “I follow Apollos!” Today it’s, “I follow Rick Warren!” vs “I follow Bill Johnson!” vs “I follow Bill Hybels!” vs I follow “John Macarthur!” vs “I follow Beth Moore” vs “I follow Joyce Meyer.” You see how it works?
It’s so easy to fall into that trap…
Hebrews 12:2 states, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…”
The people of Israel followed Moses. Then they followed Joshua. God chooses men to lead. We need good leaders. We need to follow their example. We can learn from them, and should. But we must always keep it in proper perspective.
I want to be not just a good leader, but a great leader. I want to be an example that people would want to follow. I want to be a person that others can look to, but past, to Christ. As Paul said, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1.
I believe we all should say that… We are all examples, not just pastors or church staff. All of us as believers should be an example that others could follow. Not perfect, but in process. Growing in grace. Walking in mercy. Serving others more than ourselves. Giving generously.
Help me to become an example for others to follow. I know I haven’t arrived… but I’m on the journey. Help me to always walk in humility and point people to you…