I enjoyed reading this short teaching from Os Hillman below. I have operated our music studios for the last 7 years. I am so thankful to do what I love, meet some amazing people & enjoy the Lord’s favor in remaining prosperous during uneasy economic conditions. In the last season however the Lord has really caused my wife, Mouse to be used in a John 21:1-9 manner. ‘Throw your net on the other side of the boat’. Through Mouse’s input I believe the Lord has been steering us successfully into area’s I would never have considered. An important lesson was learned. God allows us to have vision, but there is strength in multiplication, as detailed throughout scripture. The disciples were sent out two by two, Proverbs tells us over and over to seek counsel and wisdom from others, and the scripture below from Ecclesiastes illustrates the point well.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
(Os Hillman) Have you discovered yet that you are incomplete by yourself? During my “warrior” stage of life you would have been hard-pressed to convince me that I needed you or anyone else. I know few people willing to admit their need for others, but many who live according to this principle. However, sooner or later we discover God’s truth regarding our need for others.
God made us to need others. We may not discover this until we fail – fail in a business, a marriage, a close friendship, or in a client relationship. We are incomplete without the ongoing input from others into our lives. An independent spirit is one of the most detestable sins from God’s viewpoint. It is the highest form of pride. “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice” (Prov. 13:10).
God has made each of us so that we have only so many gifts. He did not give any of us all the available gifts. Hence, we learn to depend on others and to humbly trust others to complete us where we are deficient.
David had Jonathan. Paul had Silas. John Wesley had George Whitefield. Martin Luther had Philip Melanchthon, who was 14 years younger. Martin Luther learned that he needed someone in his life to complete the work God called him to do. Luther had the greatest respect for this friend who helped him reform the Church of their day, and the Church as we know it at present. Luther learned a great deal from Melanchthon, who was a great scholar at a young age. He could speak several languages, and he became Professor of Greek at the new
Who has God placed in your life to complete you? Perhaps it is a mate. Perhaps it is a close friend. Perhaps it is a business partner. If you lack this in your life, I encourage you to seek someone out who can speak into your life. If you have someone like this, tell him or her how much you appreciate the role he or she plays in your life."