I have been inspired to start my own blog after reading many posts from Tony Elam, Joel Onyshuk , Luke Anderson and Peter Guirguis. These men have the best content and lessons that everyone can learn from. I am honored to have found friendships with them.
I consider myself a simple man compared to these guys and other men. However, I do feel in my spirit that the Lord has a purpose for me in this world. I feel at times when I read God’s Word, that I’m reading about my own life. I just want to be a vessel of God and that His power to be evident for all to see.
In Act 4:13, the Sanhedrin were left speechless by Peter & John, who was also considered ordinary men and worked on Christ behalf. Peter & John also worked together for the gospel…..not alone.
We can also find in Mark 6:7, that Jesus commanded the disciples to travel in two’s, work and preach to the lost. I have often pondered why Jesus had them travel in two’s. Let me share something that happened in my life that changed me forever.
When I first became a Christian, my thoughts of a “Christian Man” was live for Christ solo without any accountability to keep me in check from making ungodly decisions. After living many years like this, I was ready to leave my marriage and to turn my back on God. I found myself asking, “How can this be happening to me?”
These two scriptures are a few answers that I found in the Bible to answer that question. If Jesus wanted his disciples to follow this model, should I not also? I quickly repented and found Godly men that would hold me accountable in everything in my life. Its been the best decision I ever made. I was trying to be the “Lone Ranger” when it should have been “Band of Brothers”.
What does a “Band of Brothers” detail? Shakespeare gives a great example:
Henry V- Shakespeare
This day is called the Feast of Crispian.
He that outlives this day and comes safe home
Will stand a-tiptoe when this day is named
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall see this day and live t’ old age
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours
And say, “Tomorrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars
And say, “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he’ll remember, with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words —
Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester —
Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
This story shall the good man teach his son,
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day.—-
We are all brothers in Christ taking each others burden, praying for one another, encouraging and holding each other accountable. My life has been changed forever by this example.
Are you a “Lone Ranger”? Do you feel that you can do everything on you own? Let me know your thoughts….I welcome them.