Tuesday, September 15, 2009

LEADING on purpose

2 Timothy 2:2 (NASB) --- The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Leading is not easy.  Yet I have to stop and think about the time I spend and the people I spend it with.  Here is why:

Matthew 7:6 (NASB) --- Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

My point is that we have to use what we have in the best way we can.  We have to build the people around us and not misuse our time or any other resource we have.  This is easiest seen for me in the people that I counsel.  When someone is unwilling to change but wants to continue counseling, that is the time to cut it off.  It is a waste of our time when people are unwilling to change.

The same is true with the people we lead.  We can constantly pour what we have into people who will do nothing with what we give them OR we can give what we have to people who will use it and even reproduce it.  How do we do that?

First, find the faithful people.  They are around you.  They have caught the vision of what God is doing and wants to do in your ministry.  They are faithful to God and faithful to you as their leader.

Second, get the good stuff that God has given to you.  From scripture what you have learned.  From other leaders what you have learned.  From your experience what you have learned.

And third, make sure as they find these faithful people and teach them that they give away what you have given them.  That is the point.

We must on purpose share our lives with other people.  God made us for relationships.  Connections are something God wants us to have and share.  One way we do this is to on purpose lead others who will lead others.

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