Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel. Proverbs 24:6
There is nothing wrong in learning from someone else’s life.
Christianity teaches us that we have the victory in Christ, but our reality tells us different. When we make mistakes, we feel like complete failures, when attacked our weaknesses are magnified and when the going gets hot, quitting seems like a definite option.
The Lord places believers in community (aka church) so that we can help one another. We can seek counsel, and receive it. We are able to learn strategies and receive revelation from random conversations. We can learn from others and avoid a lot of suffering, it’s wisdom at its best. I am transparent about my failures and shortcomings so that people can learn how they can fail yet get back up. In all honesty, it’s best to learn the hard things from other people’s experience rather than your own.
The church is a body, we all matter! We are affected by one another. When people play significant roles in the church, and leave- it’s like an amputation: when someone is bitter, it’s a deep infection: when someone is angry, the body feel high blood pressure. Although our flesh resists, critiques and rebels, the Lord has given us a new family. A family with spiritual fathers and mother, sons and daughters and siblings. Church is not for the faint hearted. There is no perfect church, because are no perfect humans! But don’t we eat the banana and thrown away the peel?
God places us in a community of believers, to grow, to learn, to commune, to be encouraged, and to develop. The Lord is well aware that we will absorb from whatever and whoever we are around. We read books, listen to music, watch movies and performances, and it’s all good because it’s self expression. But if we can watch celebrities live their best live on social media, why is it an issue to listen to other believers who have overcome hurdles to live the true best life?
God is good and He knows what He is doing. Live according to His standards, you will be blessed!
Lord Jesus, thank you for my church family and thank you for the work you have done in my heart that I can say this. You are God, and you do as you will. I pray that your children will be planted in the House of The Lord, and not forsake congregating as you’ve commanded in your word. May they gracefully absorb and guard their hearts as they relate to a new community. And may they have strength to move forward. In Jesus name. Amen.