Who Do You Need?

In the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven movie we overhear two characters discussing who they’ll need to do the job.  They’re planning a sophisticated heist and need just the right people to pull it off.  One the characters says:

Off the top of my head, I’d say you’re looking at a Boesky, a Jim Brown, a Miss Daisy, two Jethros, and a Leon Spinks, not to mention the biggest Ella Fitzgerald ever.

Leonard Sweet opens his book 11 Indispensable Relationships You Can’t Be Without with this illustration.  His point that he works out in his book is: The real meaning of life is not a journey question or an arrival question.  It’s a relationship question. Yes, your journey and your destination are both important, but there is another question that is more important: who do you have with you?

This year our church will focus on building community, strengthening relationships…who we have with us on the journey.  Jesus was concerned with the who-do-you-have-with-you question.  He carefully selected his disciples to be with him:

He [Jesus] appointed twelve—designating them apostles—that they might be with him… Mark 3:14

Who do you have with you?  David had Jonathan.  Though the son of the king, Jonathan became the loyal friend who encouraged David when life (and his father) was closing in on him.  Each of us needs a friend for the journey, someone we know who will always be for us.  We need someone who’s support strengthens our hand.  David also had Nathan the prophet of God in his.  Nathan confronted David when no one else could or would even though it might cost him his life.  We too need someone on our journey who will tell us the truth we do not want to hear. We learned in worship yesterday that we all need a Zacchaeus. He’s the reject in your life that reminds you that you are not so great yourself.  His/her presence reminds you that God loves the worst, and so when you are at your worst you can know he loves you.

Who do you need with you on the journey?  Do you need a true friend?  A confronting prophet?  And, how can you be the person who goes on the journey with someone else?  How can you best serve the people around you with the gifts God has given to you?

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on January 18, 2017 at 3:13 am

    hmmmm. I’m probably missing about 9 of whatever “11 indispensable relationships” we need :-/.


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