“Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do, yet I prefer to appeal to you on the basis of love.”
When Urban Meyer showed up to the NFL, everyone quickly realized what made him special at the college level: he could evaluate high school talent, and recruit. (Unfortunately for Jaguars’ fans, that was the extent of his specialness!)
As we’ve drawn parallels this week between coaching and disciple-making, you too have a duty to evaluate the strengths & weaknesses of your men just as a coach does. When we look at every figure in the Bible, it’s easy to find their strengths & weaknesses (Only One had zero weaknesses…).
Jonah was an excellent traveler. He had all the faith in the world in God. Yet, his weakness was merely listening instead of doing. He also had pity and hatred in his heart.
Peter was a hardworking fisherman who cared deeply for his family. He was a leader who loved Jesus and soaked in every teaching he could. But when the time came to announce his faith publicly as Christ was crucified, Peter shrunk.
Philemon was a successful man. He was hospitable, hosting church in his home every week. But he did not see his slaves in the light Paul saw them. Thus, Paul strategically coached him on how he should treat Onesimus (hence today’s verse).
God is not blind to these character traits! He sees them, yet is gentle enough to use them. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
And now it’s time for us to evaluate our men…
Daily Battle Order:
Draw a T-chart in your Quiet Time Journal. On the left column, write “Strengths.” On the right, “Weaknesses.”
Using grace & truth, list the strengths & weaknesses of the man/men you are discipling.
Go one step further: How specifically do they need to be coached? How can you accentuate their strengths, and also encourage them in their weaknesses?