Lawyers in Community
“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.”
– Hebrews 10:24
We are often encouraged by the example of Paul and Timothy. They show us community on a small scale, where discipleship happens through relationship.
It should go without saying that community is a primary catalyst for the faithful thinker. We learn as disciples, with other disciples. We practice what we have heard within the safe boundaries of groups of disciples, all learning together.
If this is true, how much more should we pursue in community the more complex issues of calling, the relationship between church and state, the nature of humans, and the social polity?
By mid-life, a lawyer should be in a position, due to experience, wisdom, financial status, and maturity, to be able to reflect upon and teach to others the larger and thornier issues in the profession. In short, he or she should have the experiences and resources to invest in community and contribute to the heritage of the faithful lawyer. Where are these lawyers?
Here is the challenge: Is there a Paul in your life? Is there a Timothy in your life?
We should have both. One from which we learn, and at least one in whom we are investing.
Are you modeling this behavior? Who is your Paul? Who is your Timothy? And if you have those, who do you know that needs them?
Lord, thank you for the Pauls and Timothys in my life over the years. Thank you for loving me through that community. Please continue to bring Pauls and Timothys in my life. May I be a blessing as others bless me. Amen.
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(Adapted from Redeeming Law by Michael Schutt)