Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Psalm 25:1-9 God is My Personal Coach

KEY TEXT: Psalms 25:8-9 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

KEY THOT: Executive coaching is now in vogue as the learning and development tool of choice for senior executives and CEOs in corporations. The executive coach helps to develop the leadership and management skills of company executives through a series of individual coaching sessions that may run for a few weeks to a few months. And companies are paying top dollars for good executive coaches. But for believers, there is nothing like having the Lord as our Personal Coach for He is the "good and upright" God who "instructs sinners in the way" and "leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way". Instead of human coaches, we believers can have the Lord of the Universe as our Personal Coach and Mentor. He can and will coach us in the way we should live and lead in the marketplace and in our ministry. 

In all my 30 years of ministry and work, I have never had a personal coach or mentor because I consider the Lord as my Personal Coach and Mentor. Everything that I know is from the Lord who has coached me from Scriptures and through His Spirit. But an attitude of humility is prerequisite in these coaching sessions, for He "teaches the humble his way".

My coaching sessions begin with early morning consultation with Him through the Word. In prayerful reading of Scripture, I hear what the Spirit is saying to me regarding His ways and His wisdom. In my prayer walk, I lay before Him the issues of the day and seek His counsel and guidance in these situations. And unlike human coaches who are present only during the coaching sessions, the Lord is present anywhere and everywhere. He is "online" 24x7.

As we go about our daily responsibilities, we can seek His wisdom for our daily chores, our personal and workplace decisions, including business and ministry development opportunities. If our ears are open to our Personal Coach, He will continue to speak throughout the day by His Spirit. We just need to stay "online" by adopting a prayerful attitude. It's easy to forget He is there, but it will require discipline initially to keep Him before us. But after a while, it will be an automatic response whenever we are in situations that need His coaching.

Many believers confine the Lord to the weekends in the churches. Once Monday comes along, they leave Him behind. He has become the Weekend God, rather than the Weekday God. But I've discovered that He can as easily coach us in marketplace decisions as in ministry decisions. Whether we are CEOs, senior executives or just rank-and-file executives or church "executives", we can have the Lord as our Personal Coach to guide us in making right choices. But our motivation must be to glorify Him, not ourselves.

Jesus says, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:4-5).

When we acknowledge the Lord as the Source of wisdom, we will no longer boast in ourselves when we have succeeded, for we know that it is from the Lord and we are simply "obeying orders". Whatever good that arises in our work and ministry is from the Lord--all the mistakes and mis-steps belong to us.

Abba-Father, what a privilege to have You as our Personal Coach and Mentor. For You are good and upright and we can never go wrong with You as our Coach and Mentor. Amen.

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