Imagine your first day of class as a sixth grader eagerly waiting for your science teacher to share their first few wisdoms with your class. Then he writes this sentence on the white board: When growth stops, death occurs!
Years later, those words have a deeper meaning for Alan Smith, Executive Area Director of Santa Barbara’s CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection).
Smith shared those words and formulated a vision for our local teams here in the Santa Barbara area. As an older group of Christian business people, we know the importance of attracting younger men of faith in order to continue the work of CBMC in our area.
We feel the need to invest in the lives of younger Christian business people and professionals in order to continue the great work that we know lies ahead. That means about a dozen devout men in their twenties and thirties must step forward and ascend.
You must be available to learn business and Christian principles, and to meet monthly with like-minded men who focus on Christ, family, and business – in that order. We are ready to be by their side to share a wealth of knowledge in different places as long as God keeps us vital and functional.
As we discussed the strategy, which is already working exceptionally well in other parts of America, we were reminded of the life of Caleb.
Caleb was 85 years old when the Lord gave him Hebron as an inheritance, which Moses promised him after he and Joshua returned from exploring the land with the other 10 who terrified the hearts of the Israelites.
After Caleb and his clan received the land, they successfully drove the Anakim out of their fortified cities. Caleb brought peace to the country.
At the beginning of the Book of Judges we are told about Othniel, the first judge appointed by the Lord. He was the son of Kenaz, the younger brother of Caleb.
In Judges 3: 10-11 we read: “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim, king of Aram, into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. So the country had peace for 40 years until Othniel, the son of Kenaz, died. “
It’s pretty obvious to me that in his early years Caleb was there to look after his nephew.
In the history of the Church we find many examples of seasoned men leading younger men in developing and strengthening the faith and effectiveness of those who followed them in service.
One of my favorite reports is that Elisa takes Elijah’s coat. Another important account in the Old Testament is the book of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah was a contemporary of Ezra, the priest who had rebuilt the temple after his early return from Babylon to Jerusalem. Nehemiah, of course, followed Ezra and directed the miraculous rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem in just 52 days, as described in Nehemiah 6: 15-16.
Perhaps the greatest affection shown for a younger man is the special relationship between Paul and Timothy.
Listen to these words in 1 Timothy 1: 18-19: “Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in accordance with the prophecies once made about you, that by following them you may fight and keep up the good fight Faith and a clear conscience. Some have rejected this and thus destroyed their faith. “
I met CBMC of Santa Barbara just a few months after moving to Santa Barbara in early 1987. Carl Schuele, founder of KRUZ FM Radio, almost immediately took on the task of making disciples of me in the First Steps and then in Operation Timothy.
Schuele has invested in my life and I will always be grateful to him for his dedication and commitment to God and our local service. Now is the time for some of us SAGEs (Seasoned – Action Oriented – Godly – Executives) to invest in the lives of some of you gentlemen out there ready to answer God’s call for extreme spiritual growth in your life .
We’re sure he’ll call some good men to our local CBMC! Click here for more information.
Passages for thought
“Joshua 14: 13-15
“1 Kings 19: 19-21
“Nehemiah 8: 6-6
“2 Corinthians 5: 20-21
– Jim Langley has been writing for over 30 years while serving as a life and health insurance broker in Santa Barbara. In recent years his passion has turned to writing about his personal relationship with God, and his goal is to encourage others to approach him as well. A long-time member of CBMC of Santa Barbara (Christian Business Men’s Connection), he began writing fourth quarter columns in 2014 and is now reaching an international audience through CBMC International Devotional Monday Manna. He can be reached at [email protected] for more informations. Click here for previous columns. The opinions expressed are his own.