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Who do I need? 2018.11.03
Who do I need?
1 Kings 1:11-27.
Who do I need?
King David is in his room, an old man not paying attention to his kingdom, and letting things slide, unaware of what his sons and his key people are doing. Like all of us, he needs help to fulfill his duties, but he doesn’t reach out to anyone. As a warrior, he was an amazing man of God.
As a king in peace time, he seems out of his element and doesn’t seek the people he needs. Lucky for him, God stirs up the people that need to goad him into action.
My hardest problem is not usually my workplace but my home life.
Like David, I did not attend well to my children’s growing up because I was more focused on my work and studies, basically on myself and not my family. The result was the inevitable failure to rebuke them and care for them at key points just as David did not rebuke Absalom or care for his daughter Tamar.
In today’s reading we find David seemingly unaware and uncaring about Adonjah proclaiming himself king and attracting a group of David’s key people. I alienated my son, who left the church, and ignored my daughter, who got herself involved with the wrong crowd, partying and drinking and got herself pregnant.
My belated repentance and attention to them as adults has garnered some spiritual fruit by the grace of God.
My repentance has been ministered by the Wooridle community and by zealous wife in particular. She, above all others, keeps me spiritually honest and focused, reminding me when I need that Nathan-like reminding to pay attention to where I don’t pay attention.
I am not a particularly dutiful leader of my small group. Many are the days when I’d like to stay in my room and be attended by an Abishag. I don’t like to remind my group members that we have a meeting and so I rarely do. I don’t think that maybe they’d like reminding and maybe just touching base with them in the week with my voice might be a good thing. Although I pray for them, is that really enough?
Other than Sunday worship, I rarely see them on Wednesday worship because only one comes regularly and last week they missed a really good sermon by a guest pastor and professor of theology.
I have valuable assistant group leaders that I don’t help grow as leaders because I never meet with them outside of our small group meeting. As a result, I don’t get their opinions and feelings and miss the guidance they could give me. And our mokjang is poorer because of that, which is my fault.
Application: Meet briefly with my assistant leaders after Sunday worship to help one another.
Lord, forgive me my reluctance to be the leader you have made me in our community. Let me not hide from the simple duties of my position, yielding to selfish interests and distancing myself from you. Give me a fresh anointing of your Holy Spirit to do your will.