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Your ships are coming in! It has been said, “Some people are waiting for their ship to come in while they haven’t even sent out a canoe!” I also like the adage, “When your ship comes in make sure you’re at the right dock.”
I have found out that sometimes opportunity doesn’t knock, it just whispers. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door!
Allow me to point out to you 5 ships that are on the horizon and headed into your life (or perhaps some of these are already in the port of your life).
We all need fellowship with God (prayer, fasting, Bible study, worship, and we all need fellowship with others. No man is an island to himself. Beware of isolation. The early church needed and practiced “fellowship” and so does the 21st century church.
42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
4 Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
7 Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.
We all need to be followers of Jesus. “Follow me” is still His invitation to us all.
We all need to follow our local pastor and shepherd. “Follow me as I follow Christ” (see 1 Cor 11:1; Heb 13:7, 17) was Paul’s advice. Beware of the man who has only a preacher or an advisor in his life, but no true biblical Holy Ghost filled apostolic pastor. God’s plan is for us to have a pastor in our lives who can speak into our lives without fear or favor. The greatest Bishop, Overseer, Superintendent, Presbyter or Elder in your lives is not an organization, not an elected organizational or denominational official, but your pastor!
15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
We must be good followers before we can be good leaders. If being a servant and a good follower is not learned first, one can easily become a tyrant.
God wants us to be difference makers. We all have influence with others that should be used for good and for God, not for evil or merely ourselves. Leadership is a place of trust, influence & direction. You don’t have to have a title or position to have leadership and influence. You are trusted. You influence others. Lead with harmony & unity. Never lead mutiny. The man who leads mutiny needs never to feel his own neck is safe. Here be dragons and sharks!
Live to influence others for good and God. Live to invest in others. Live to help others be all God wants them to be. Live to help others see how great they are and not just how great you are. Live to help people find their place, not to just put people in their place. Jesus is the ultimate example of being a servant-leader.
We all need to be pouring ourselves into someone else. If you die today, who will carry your legacy (your work, ministry, local church etc) on? Use your influence to raise up a Timothy, a Titus, a Paul, etc. MENtoring is a must! Notice with me that the word “mentoring” begins with men. Help raise up others (men, women, people to work for God).
The Book of Acts records how Barnabas mentored Saul. Barnabas and Saul one day turned into “Saul and Barnabas”. The time came where we read of Paul and no longer hear about Barnabas. Are you big enough to be a Barnabas? Are you willing for others to outshine and outdo you? Those you mentor should fly higher, reach further, and accomplish more because of your fingerprints on their heart and life coupled with their own gifts, callings and talents from God. They should have a double portion like Elisha!
Ephesians 4:11-16 teaches us, among other things, that the five-fold ministry is to equip the saints to do works of ministry and service. Mentoring is a must!
Every Elijah needs an Elisha. Moses needed Jethro. Moses mentored Joshua. Jesus mentored the original 12 apostles. Acts 6 gives us the pattern of releasing others into service within the church. Barnabas mentored and nurtured Saul (Paul), Paul in turn mentored Timothy & Titus, along with a host of others.
Choose your friends carefully! Don’t get so close to anybody that they know all your business. If they know all your business, you don’t have any business. Remember friendship with the world is still enmity with God according to the scriptures. This doesn’t mean don’t have any friends or to not be friendly with unsaved people. In short, we are to be the ones winning them to God and not them winning us back into a world or life of sin. Love people, but not the spirit of this world (see 1 John 2:15-17).
We need friends. We were made by God to walk with Him and with others. We need the benefit of friends in our lives. It is true that, “You cannot make an old friend.” The wise man said, “A friend loveth at all times.” That doesn’t mean that they have to always like what we do or agree with us one hundred percent of the time. When we are in trouble it is sure nice to have a brother who will help us through the tough times of life. Abraham was called the friend of God. Jesus called His disciples friends. Thank God for true friends! We need our friends. Our friends need us.
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends…
Don’t let any of these ships sink in your life. At one time or another they will all come into port.
lcgore, hope dealer