Do you know Leroy Jethro Gibbs? He is the fictional lead investigator for the Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS), portrayed by Mark Harmon on CBS. One of the most viewed programs on television, NCIS is in its 14th season. It is so popular that two other shows have spun off from it, NCIS – Los Angeles (8th season) and NCIS – New Orleans (3rd season). The original show is still the most popular, and Agent Gibbs is one of the main reasons. Gibbs is a flawed man, that is a demanding, but yet compassionate, leader. He has become one of my all time favorite television characters.
One of the most intriguing aspects of the Gibbs persona, is his list of “rules”. These rules may have to do with living your life, how to function in a relationship, but most particularly on how to do the job. Everyone on the team knows about the rules, but as far as the viewers know — they have never been written down. They have become such a cultural phenomenon, that there are t-shirts and coffee cups with lists of the rules (that have been revealed). It has been insinuated on the show, that Gibbs’ wife, Shannon, started the rules, because “everyone needs a code to live by.”
There was a verse in my reading this morning, that made me think of Gibbs, his rules, and a code to live by:
“The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.”
(Psalm 37:30-31, NLT)
Just as Gibbs is the one that his team looks to for answers, we need people in our lives giving us “good counsel” on how to live for Jesus. These need to be people that “have made God’s law their own”, in other words, they have filled themselves with the message from God. Their lives are not governed by a checklist of things that they can and cannot do, but it is governed by a relationship with the living God that directs there every step.
Just as everyone on the team desires to be as good at their job as Gibbs, we all ought to strive for that that kind of relationship with God. Study and pray every day, to be the kind of person that evidences that kind of relationship with God. The kind of Christian that other people come to, asking about how to live their life for the Lord.