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The Good: Joshua spent a lot more time in God’s presence than Moses did, yet Joshua honored Moses. He easily could’ve thought, Moses’ time is up. He’s a bad leader, I hear the voice of the Lord so much clearer than He does. What is Moses thinking allowing that guy to do that, etc. Again, Joshua chose to honor Moses and the fact that he would one day stand on Moses’ shoulders. Does that bring conviction? Have you ever been angry at your Pastor or Elders for making what you thought was a dumb decision? Thinking thoughts such as: “Are they even praying about this?” The Bad: Paul warns of this immaturity in the last chapter of 1 Corinthians. It’s such a quick note that until yesterday I had always passed it by. He says:
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. Do everything with love. You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest of believers in Greece and they are spending their lives in service to God’s people. I urge you to submit to them and others like them who serve with such devotion… You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well.”My take on what Paul is saying is: “Yes, you might have deeper revelation or closer intimacy. Don’t forget, your generation is standing on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before you. Make sure your heart is humble and you know your position before God and men. Show your appreciation to those who’ve gone before you. Serve them. Honor them. Learn everything you can from them.” When was the last time you asked an elder, deacon, your pastor or any other man or woman older than you to go to coffee? When have you sat with them and asked them to speak into your life? Immaturity is one of many schemes the enemy uses to hold us back from fullness, break it off of you and run the race that is set before you!]]>