So, King Solomon is the advice king. Unfortunately, he never got to read the New Testament and follow the life of Jesus. Today, I’ll follow up to Unsolicited Jesus Sized Advice with the last two insights into Ecclesiastes 4. Solomon tells us to seek advice. He wrote Proverbs and so he knows a thing or two about giving it.
The two points from the other day, just to refresh are:
- Insights on Oppression and Politics: People need people. People need love. People need Jesus. Believers and non-believers alike have fallen into deep lows when they think there is no hope. It is your job, my job, our job to reach out and find a way to show Jesus’ love and interact with them.
- Insights on Money: Money is a necessity in today’s world, but do you have to keep up with everyone around you? No. Use balance and moderation to get you through. Having the most toys does not make you the winner here on earth or in eternity.
And now, for the last two insights.
3. Insights on Relationships
Relationships are those bonds you have with friends, family, and your church. When you combine those three things together, you have a strong system of support. Don’t you just love Ecclesiastes 4:9-12? It says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Wow!
Have you picked up anyone who has fallen lately? How do you do that in this busy, busy world? Easy, get involved in each other’s lives beyond “How are you? Fine” responses. Join a small group or missional action group. Get plugged in at your church. Or simply have coffee with someone or invite someone over for dinner. You know you have to eat anyway!
A simple act of love can show more about your faith than any preaching.
4. Insights on Achieving the Dream
Sometimes we get so stuck in a rut, so set in our ways, that the listening ear we are supposed to be giving to our advisors becomes deaf. What should you do when the fire goes out? When your joy and passion for the Bible and Jesus dims is all lost? No!
Once you realize you have lost the dream of living for Christ and realizing that apart from Him all is meaningless you need to get back on mission. Get back to praying, serving, reading the Bible, attending small groups.
Faith is an action word, a verb. You need to do it, live it, and keep feeding faith in order to grow.
You will never be done with God’s mission! -PK
Don’t become one of those old dogs you can’t teach new tricks. Get out and live. Being a Christian can be tough in this world. Quite frankly, you might be the one sharing unsolicited advice as you share your faith. It’s something people don’t want to hear, but if you are a believer you know it is something people need to hear. Don’t just preach it, live it. Build relationships with those around you. People will notice that you love them when they are down, when they don’t have the coolest toys, when they fall you are part of their cord of three, and that your zest is not superficial.
No one is saying it is going to be easy. Even Solomon, the wisest man fell away from God, and as he searched he soon found that without God, it just doesn’t matter.
If you missed part one, check it out here.