While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." Acts 13:2 ESV
We are hopelessly too individualistic. In Biblical times people largely lived in community settings: as a family, a village, a congregation, a tribe. God’s guidance was also largely a community matter, as we see here where God instructs the leadership to act. When we, therefore, seek God’s guidance it shouldn’t be an individual matter alone. Engage your spiritual community as well, because they can confirm or correct what you have heard and give context to it. Yes, share what you perceive as guidance with a spiritual father or mother, your pastor or a small group. Let them pray with you and help you discern God’s will. Be yielded and teachable with regards to their input. If you’re not part of a spiritual community, become part! Develop community, get mentors! It’s important, because Christianity isn’t just a private matter, it’s relational, social. It’s done in a group! We’re ALWAYS part of the Body, of the Church.
Lord, help me to live in community with fellow Christians, to share my life deeply with those I can trust and to experience WITH them your guidance. Amen.
Share your guidance with a mentor!
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