“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” ( Proverbs 27:17).
There is a tool that is often used to improve leadership skills known as Johari window. According to it individuals can have four spots one of which is called the blind spot. This is an area where you have a particular flaw but might not be aware. You could have a terrible hot temper you perceive as a good motivator though the effect is demotivating to your team.
One person we know who had a blind spot was King David. After ordering the murder of Uriah the Hittite in order to have his wife Bathsheba, David went about like nothing had happened ( 2 Samuel 11). But God had seen it all! One day in comes the prophet Nathan. Look at the way how he went about to help David discover his blind spot. He tells him off a story of a rich man who had a poor man killed in order to snatch his pasture and feed his guests. Incensed, “David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity” ( 2 Samuel 12: 5-6).
Just at that moment when David was all content in own his righteous, “Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” (vv 7). Humbled, Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord” (vv 13).
What does this mean to us! First, any of us could have a blind spot - an area of weakness we are not even aware of. But just as in the case of David we might need someone who can come and help us see that weak spot we are blind of. But yet at the same time, secondly, the person should be tactful in helping us so. Imagine if Nathan had come charging at David accusing him right way of being a murderer. I bet the response might have been totally different!
May God help us find and have those tactical Nathan’s in our lives who can help us discover our blind spots, which we all have, to be better servants of Christ.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, there is always that area of weakness any of us has which we might not be aware of, and so I pray you help me discover it with support of a true friend, to serve you better, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.