Theme of the Week: Godly Men Are Team Players
Bible Verse: Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 4:12, Job 42:10
In 480 BC, Xerxes, King of Persia had amassed an enormous army and navy with one plan: to conquer all of Greece. Xerxes marched his army of 150,000 Persians to the gates of Thermopylae. There, he faced a small foe of 7000 Greeks and the battle appeared to have been won already. But the Greeks, with courage, determination, and commitment to each other held off the Persians for seven days. The Greeks fought side by side defending their homeland.
Solomon describes some of what the Greeks were experiencing when he says that a cord of three strands is not quicky broken. This is true in the physical sense, but also in the spiritual sense.
I don’t know if I could survive without a few good brothers in my corner. You see, temptation can feel like a very large foe at times and when we are alone, it often is overwhelming. We may feel as though we can’t say no to pornography or worry or anger or despair.
The good news is there is protection in numbers!
Unfortunately, it’s hard for men to be honest and open with each other about their struggles, failures, and weaknesses. I think the internal argument goes something like this:
I am failing in a certain area of my life and no one needs to knows about it. I will just keep it a secret and pretend everything is fine until I conquer it on my own. That way, the image I project will be true, and no one will know about those days, months, or years where I failed.
The problem is, we never actually have victory over that area in our lives when we do it that way. God wants us to be in community so that we can experience freedom from those failures. I’d rather appear weak, need community, and be successful than to appear strong, shun community, and fail miserably.
I’d rather appear weak, need community, and be successful than to appear strong, shun community, and fail miserably.
When we surround ourselves with a few good brothers and with Christ at the center, there is real spiritual protection.
Who are you totally honest with in your life? Who can be totally honest with you?
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