“In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
Every one of us, including pastors, need other believers to watch out for them, to defend them, protect them and help them stay on track.
Apostle Paul tells us that we should look out for each other’s interests, not just our own. What a countercultural verse! In our world today, it’s all about me—my needs, my interests, my wants, and my ambitions. But Paul teaches us to look out for others, too.
Brethren, you know that Satan wants to defeat you, bring problems into your life and ruin your relationships.
Why does he want to hurt you? Because he wants to hurt God but can’t, so he goes after God’s children and the shepherds who lead them. On your own, you will never win against Satan. But when you have other people to watch out for you and come alongside you, you can be victorious.
Here’s good advice from Ecclesiastes 4:12: “By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 MSG
Does anyone have your back? Is anyone defending you and watching out for your spiritual welfare? You need a community of people who are saying to you: “We’ll be with you when you’re going through tough times. We’re not going to let you get discouraged or depressed.”
Ecclesiastes 4:10 says, “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (NIV).
You can try, but you can’t live life well and serve others well on your own. We all need other people to walk with us, work with us, and watch out for us.
Father, thank you for the wonderful families and friends you surrounded me with. Please, keep us all to the end IJN.