Dear Church Family,
After a distinguished performing career, virtuoso violinist Jascha Heifetz accepted an appointment as professor of music at UCLA. When asked what had prompted his change of career, Heifetz replied: "Violin playing is a perishable art. It must be passed on as a personal skill; otherwise it is lost." As believers, we can learn a great deal from this violinist. Living the Christian life is a highly personal experience. We are not able to live the Christian life by just watching other believers “perform.” We need hands-on instruction.
Throughout the Scriptures, we see several instances where prominent men used by God received hands-on instruction from fellow men of God: Joshua received hands-on instruction from Moses; Elisha received hands-on instruction from Elijah; Timothy received hands-on instruction from Paul. As we look back in our own Christian lives, we can probably remember those individuals who took the time to mentor us – to invest their time and energy in giving hands-on instruction regarding the Christian life. Listen to the words of Solomon in Prov.27:17 – “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Who in your life could really benefit from hands-on instruction regarding how to live the Christian life? Let us invest our time and energy in mentoring those whom God has brought into our lives – encouraging them; praying for them and with them; serving alongside of them: “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well” (I Thess.2:8).
In Christian love, Brad
Brad - Annaleigh - Julie - Will
The Clouse Family