Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Are you a pillar of faith? (part 2)

Saint Paul Writing His Epistles, 16th century ...Image via Wikipedia

In my last post, we looked at the two great pillars of the Bible, Moses and the Apostle Paul, and what exactly made them the great pillars of our faith. Obviously, none of us will become a pillar of the faith to the historical extent of these two men, but in this post, we will explore 5 ways in which we can become pillars of faith in our own circle of influence using the examples of Moses and Paul:
  1. Learn. Both Moses and Aaron were highly educated. In today's world, though, an expensive college degree isn't always an option or even an necessity. We live in the greatest information explosion in the history of mankind. There is nothing stopping you from picking up free books from your local library to further educate yourself in order to become the best in your chosen field.
  2. Teach. Once you have acquired knowledge and have educated yourself, you need to turn around and teach others what you have learned. Some of the best learning actually comes from teaching!
  3. Write. Once you have acquired knowledge and begun teaching it to others, you need to start putting your thoughts and ideas down on paper. Keep a journal. Start a blog. Write letters to your spouse and children. Write a book.
  4. Lead. All of us are leaders to some degree. We lead our families. We lead in our church. We lead at work. Strive to learn more about leadership and how you can become a better leader to those that are following you.
  5. Relate. Life is all about relationships. If you look at the life of Moses and Paul, they both had significant relationships in their lives that propelled them forward in their ministry. Moses had God, Aaron, Hur, and Joshua as his primary relationships. The Apostle Paul had the Lord, Timothy, Silas, Barnabas, Aquila, Priscilla, and many more. Make your relationship with the Lord a priority, have a few close friends you can lean on in difficult times, and also mentor others.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for posting this. We certainly need more solid insight into the foundations of spiritual leadership.