By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
WHY DO YOU LOOK UPON ONE ANOTHER?
We have all been in situations where something would happen and nobody knew what to
do. Something needed to be done, but no one would make a move to do anything.
Someone says, "Don't just stand there looking at one another. Somebody do something!"
There is such an instance recorded in Genesis.
Background: Genesis 37-41.
Gen. 37 - Joseph is sold into Egypt.
Gen. 39 - Joseph is taken into Potiphar's household; made an officer to Pharaoh.
Falsely accused by Potiphar's wife; cast into prison.
Gen. 40 - interprets chief butler and baker's dreams.
Gen. 41 - interprets Pharaoh's dream.
7 fat - lean cows; 7 fat - lean ears; (7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine).
Joseph made ruler over all Egypt; begins building storehouses against the famine.
Genesis 41:57 - "all countries came to Egypt to buy grain because the famine was sore
in all the earth."
Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt and he asked his sons this question:
It seems that Jacob's sons were just standing around looking at one another, each one
waiting for the other to do something.
There are many lessons that can be learned from this. Today, let's study it and see
what we can learn.
THE QUESTION STRESSES LEADERSHIP.
In any situation there has to be leadership.
Jacob's sons lacked leadership and initiative.
They needed food but none of them could see how to get it.
Jacob had to tell them what to do.
God's people have always needed leaders, STRONG LEADERS!
God raised up Moses to lead them out of Egypt.
Joshua was the leader after Moses.
Prophets and Kings led after they were in the land.
Jesus was the N.T. Leader.
Apostles assumed leadership after Jesus' ascension.
ELDERS are our leadership today.
I Peter 5:1-5.
Examples, not lords.
The best leaders are those who DO what they want everyone else to do.
Good FOLLOWERS are just as important as good leaders.
"You cannot have leadership without fellowship and you cannot have fellowship without
leadership." YOU MUST HAVE BOTH TO BE AN EFFECTIVE CHURCH!
When the leadership decides something should be done, every Christian should be quick
to make the first move.
THE QUESTION STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF VISION.
Every accomplishment, great or small, must begin with vision.
Man cannot do something he cannot visualize.
EXAMPLE: To build a house, you must first have an idea - a visualization. This must happen before you can draw a blueprint.
Vision is essential to life - Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people cast off restraint; But he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
POOR vision has weakened the church.
Many Christians look at one another when something needs to be done.
Before the church can move ahead and bring others to Christ, we must have a vision for Christ.
We can see that all things are possible - Phil. 4:13.
The world owes a great debt to dreamers:
We need men in the Lord's church who will dream and then make those dreams come true.
We need an awakening - Eph. 5:14.
THE QUESTION STRESSES THE VALUE OF ACTIVITY.
The BEST leadership and vision are worthless unless there is ACTIVITY.
The Bible stresses activity.
James 1:22 - "Be ye doers of the Word..."
Matt. 7:24 - "Everyone therefore that heareth these words of mine and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man..."
Jacob was a man of vision and action, the boys were not. The corn would have never come from Egypt alone. The people would have starved.
ACTION WAS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH!
The church will not grow until we are willing to pay the price of growth.
Most of us in the church today are willing to stand around and let someone else do our work.
We need to learn to act on what we see and learn.
AS CHRISTIANS WE DO NOT NEED TO DO AS JACOB'S SONS DID AND LOOK UPON ONE ANOTHER WHEN THINGS ARE NEEDING TO BE DONE NOW!
Why do we look upon one another when our neighbors need to hear the gospel of Christ?
Command is for all - Matt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15-16.
Heb. 5:12 - "...ye ought to be teachers..."
We need to start planting, God will give the increase - I Cor. 3:6.
Why do we look upon one another in encouraging new converts?
They cannot make it on their own.
Matt. 28:20 - "...teaching them to observe..."
Many have been lost back into the world because we stood around looking upon one another instead of teaching them.
Why do we look upon one another when the church needs money?
Christianity includes our pocketbook.
Don't look upon the other and give like they do... give as you have been prospered.
Why do we look upon one another when people need to be visited?
Knock on someone's door and invite them to church.
Don't say, "Well, no one else does it." DO IT! Be a leader.
Why do we look upon one another when a fallen brother needs restoring?
They will be lost unless you bring them back.
You would go after those in your physical family.
YOU BE THE FIRST TO DO IT.
I Timothy 4:12.
I Cor. 5:6.
You can be good leaven for the Lord.
Have you been like Jacob's sons, standing around and waiting for someone else to do it?
In Christianity there is no room for anyone STANDING AND LOOKING ONE UPON ANOTHER.
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