Tuesday, January 5, 2010

"Advice We Give That Never Works", by Pastor Kevin Lynch

We say them to people all of the time. Our intentions are good. We are only trying to help.

They are words we say that we either think will really help, or they are words that just take up awkward moments of time when we really don't know what to say.

I'm talking about advice. Not necessarily bad advice, but more...how should I say it... generic advice.

I've narrowed it down to three simple phrases in the interest of time and space.

"It's probably nothing." "Don't worry, everything is going to be OK." "Maybe it will just go away."

It's generally "something". It's not going to be "OK". It never just "goes away."

That is unless the advice is given prayerfully with great contemplation and in the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit.

That changes everything.

Matthew 6:33 - "But seek ( aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ( His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides."

Yes indeed.

I wouldn't phrase the advice this same way, and in fact, it could be scaled down to a more concise declaration.

How about, "Jesus Never Fails!"

My friends Charlie Rizzo, who pastors the Maranatha Church in New Jersey, has that very passage on the front of his pulpit so that it is constantly before everyone who looks that way. Jesus never fails.

Poor, empty advice turned into powerful words of truth.

All because of Jesus.

So, if (or I should say "when") the storm hits and the weak advice starts to flow, accept it all in the spirit given, as folks only mean well in those moments.

However, keep ever before you that as you continually strive after Jesus and His methods for righteousness, He is forever meeting your needs and more (continually adding more things to you).

Jesus never fails.


Be blessed as you implement His Word into your life.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin

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