The value of a true friend is immeasurable.
He Guides/Leads Me
Text for Today – Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
After more than 50-years in ministry, with almost forty of those years in leadership, I recognize more than ever the critical need of guidance and leadership in my own life. During those years I have seen certain patterns in life that have been impressed upon me like relational laws. Among those is the following statement. “He who will not follow is not fit to lead.” I have witnessed this truth again and again throughout the years. Every great leader I have ever met, of which I have studied, or of which I’ve heard, have been people who knew well how to follow other great leaders. They understood honor, respect, loyalty, integrity, and the need for growth (among other things), and made the choice to grow in knowledge, skill, and wisdom. That, my friend, is a perfect description of our Lord Jesus.
The Bible tells us about Jesus fitting this description when we read in Luke that Jesus “grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” A study of the Word of God will reveal this truth even moreso. Moses was taught by the best educators and mentors Egypt could offer, and even after he was 80-years old, he still listened to and heeded the wise counsel of his father-in-law, Jethro. Joshua was taught, led, and mentored by Moses. Elisha had his Elijah. Of course, the disciples had Jesus. Paul had Barnabas, and Timothy had Paul. It is surely a universal truth. Great leaders have all, at some time, stood on the shoulders of other great men and women. In writing about this truth, I find it necessary to make a special note that not all great people are famous, and not all famous people were great. I can personally testify that while I have been greatly blessed to have numerous great men and women offer me their shoulders so I could reach higher and see further, the vast majority of those great people were in no way famous. But that lack of fame can in no way distract from their true greatness. And allow me to add an additional statement here. God does not look on the outward man, but on the hidden man of the heart. Fame is outward and a matter of public notoriety. Greatness is a matter of one’s heart, and will often be finally recognized when we stand before the Lord. For instance, who was it that prayed Apostle Paul into the kingdom of God? There is greatness indeed, though unknown to the world. I have a great Friend Who leads and guides me. His Name is Jesus. Surely He is the greatest, though multitudes either know Him not at all, or only by reputation. But I know Him personally.
Manna for Today – John 15:1-17; Genesis 3:8; John 15:13-15; Psalm 23, Psalm 5, Psalm 25, Psalm 27, Psalm 91; Proverbs 6:22; Matthew 6:33; John 16:7-15