TUESDAY - "Experience Is A Great Teacher"
Reading: I Corinthians 12.14-18 & I Kings 12.6-13
Every part of the body is valuable to the church (1 Corinthians 12:14-18), including – perhaps especially – older members. Though some may have been put out to pasture, we should retrieve them to be teachers of good things. We should not assume that older people are incapable of making decisions and understanding a modern world. Include them in discussions, invite their opinions, and consider their experiences. They likely have some advice worth hearing (Job 12:12). If Rehoboam had respected his elders, Israel might not have split (1 Kings 12:6-13). The law said: “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary, and honor the face of the old man” (Leviticus 19:32). Consider, too, that “Honor thy father and mother” (Ephesians 6:2) was not just written for young children.
As Matt recently told us, the Bible many times refers to the palm tree and the tree has many attributes that we can relate to as Christians; such as, the older the tree the sweeter the fruit. Psalm 92:12, the righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 15 to shew that the LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
As a congregation of Gods people, to successfully complete a job we need to have all our resources. If the task is to plant your garden you know you will need tools for digging, hoeing, fertilizing, watering and knowing when to plant. If we don’t use all our resources we are not giving it our best shot and the harvest will not be as good as it could be. The same is true for our efforts to work for the Lord. If the church work doesn’t use all the available talents, the results won’t be as good as it could be.
As the ones with the sweetest fruit, you must look for areas to help and be willing to do it. If you’re waiting on someone to ask you, this is a request for your help.
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