リーダーからの知恵 Wisdom from Leaders

火曜日の夜の教会、場所が変わってからもっとたくさんの人がくるようになった! めっちゃ盛り上がってるよ〜。
Since we’ve moved to our new Tuesday Night venue we have more people in our church on Tuesdays!!! The atmosphere is amazing!!

昨日は神様の導きシリーズの第2弾でした☆  ルークがメッセージしてくれたよ〜。自分なりに受けとったことをシェアするね。
Yesterday Luke preached about “God’s guidance” as we have started “God’s guidance series” from last week! I’ll just share what I got from yesterday’s message.

God doesn’t guide us by one method, but he gives us pieces of puzzle.

(Acts 16:6-7) ‘All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to ….’

そのパズルを組み合わせていくうちに、神様の大きな計画がわかってくる!! それは複雑ではなくてシンプルなもの。わくわくするもの!
And as we put the pieces of puzzle together, we start to understand God’s big plan for our lives! It’s not complicated, it’s simple. And it’s exciting!!!

Yesterday Luke shared about one of the pieces of puzzle, which is quite a big piece!!

Wisdom from Leaders

(箴言15:14) 悟りのある者の心は知識を求めるが、愚かな者の口は愚かさを食いあさる。
(Proverbs 15:14) The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.

Our church is full of young, wise leaders!!

In order for us to live God’s plan, it’s important for us to seek wisdom from leaders who love God!!

Some people go to 2 extremes when it comes to receiving advice.

photo by Saki 

1. 「孤立、離れ小島」 The ‘Island’ Extreme

(Proverbs 18:1 NKJV) ‘The man who isolates himself, rages against all sounds judgement.

We see a lot of men who can ask about small things but when it comes to big decisions ( work, relationships, marriage) they make their own decisions without seeking advice.

Some people don’t want to hear tough advice, so they completely shut people out.

If you hide yourself in the Island, you won’t receive any challenges for sure and perhaps you can stay in your comfort zone.

But they are missing out on the opportunity to grow!  

If you just live by your own opinion, you will become narrow minded and selfish.

So when your leader, who loves you gives you advice with love, even if they say challenging things to you why don’t you open your heart and be willing to accept it. You’ll grow from it!

2.蝶のような「気まぐれ者」 The ‘Butterfly’ Extreme

(2 Timothy 4:3-4) For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. (4) They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

People who go to to the other extreme is those who have the answers inside them (already decided) and they will ask everyone until they find someone who will give them the answer that they are looking for.

Those people will miss out on receiving wise, correct advice because they don’t want to hear other opinions from the beginning!

Did you know that no mater how silly or wrong your thoughts are, if you look really hard you will find someone who will agree with you?

Let’s not run away from good advice.

3. 神を敬う人々からアドバイスを受ける: 神を信じない人々からでなく
Get advice from godly people; not ungodly people.

(Psalms 1:1-2) Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

There are so many people who will give you opinions in this world, but let’s listen to people who love God!

When you receive advice from leaders, you will be inspired to grow more and get closer to God! 

リーダーと話した後、すっきりする。 神様の知恵が与えられる。インスピレーションをうける。
After you talk to your leader, you feel clearer. You will find God’s wisdom.  You’ll be inspired!

このチャーチにはリーダーの上にリーダーがいる。 いつも上から知恵が注がれる。それってめっちゃ恵まれてることだなっていつも思う。
In this church, we have leaders over leaders. We get wisdom all the time from our leaders. This is such a blessing!

4. 賢い人は、人生経験の豊富で成功している人達からの賢いアドバイスを求める
The Wise Man seeks wise advice from people with experience and success in life.

(Proverbs 24:6) for waging war you need guidance, and for victory many advisers.

Church is an amazing community!!

In church we have people who are successful in business, people who are having a great marriage, students, families who we can learn from.  We can learn from each other!!

だから、教会に根付くことが大事。 こんなに模範となれる最高な人たちが集まってる場所、ほかにはない!
That’s why it’s so important to be in church. Get planted. There is no other place where you can find many role models in life!

5. あなたはあなたの指導者と同じようになる。だから彼らの人生の成果に注目する
You become the same as your teachers. So look at the outcome of their life.

(Matthew 10:24-25) “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. (25) It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!

(Matthew 7:20) Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

Who are you looking up to in your life?

When you are listening to someone or making some people your role model, I want you to see their fruit. 

For example, we don’t really listen to people who gives us marriage advice if they are having a terrible marriage.

But we wanted to become like Pastor Rod and Viv, who are having a great marriage after 26 years, so from before we got married, we always saw them as our role models. The fruit of that is that we are almost married for 3 years and we are really enjoying our marriage!!!

And having no joy as a Christian is not normal, so I recommend you not to follow a leader with no joy!

6. 自分で聖書を読んで(御言葉から)確認する
Check the Word for yourself

(Acts 17:11) Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Some people are confused if they have some thoughts and wonder, “Is this my desire or God’s will? What should I do if this is just MY DESIRE?”

But I want you to get this.

If you love God and His words and walk closer to Him, you are actually getting closer to His heart!

Even if you might miss some steps, if you have the heart of wanting to grow in Him, God is a big God, so he will draw you back to the correct direction! That’s why you don’t need to be afraid!!!

Let’s love God’s word and receive His pieces of puzzle for us everyday!!!

Don’t rush Important Decisions (through excitement, fear or panic).

(Proverbs 12:15) The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

Lastly, don’t be in a hurry to make a big decision.

知恵の最後の断片: A Final Piece of Wisdom


Little Decision – Little Time in Decision-Making


Medium Decisoin – Medium Time in Decision-Making


Big Decision – Lots of Time in Decision-Making

If you are reading this blog,  why don’t you take a step forward and come to church ?



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