As a leader, are you leading or loafing? In other words, are you leading at your maximum potential or are you loafing your way through life and ministry doing as little as you can with what God gave you?
In the final analysis, the difference between good and great is only just a small amount more effort. Determine today to use all you have been given to be all you can be and to go from loafing to leading if that be the case. And if you are already leading at your maximum potential, who are you helping to reach theirs? #LeadingOrLoafing
Nothing we can ever do is capable of impressing the God who can do the impossible! When it is all said and done, especially as preachers or ministers of the Gospel, only what this God thinks of us will matter. His judgment supersedes all others. So, seek not to impress men but to please God!
The Apostle Paul was used mightily of The Lord, but he himself was unimpressive. His primary motivation was never to be impressive but to bring glory to God. Listen to some of what he said, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (I Corinthians 2:1-5 NKJV) His desire was to be spiritually impactful. Not humanly impressive. At the end of the day, he desired that men be impressed with his Lord and Savior and never with him as an Apostle & preacher.
Paul also declared, “But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.” (Galatians 6:14, 15 NKJV). Again, Paul’s motive, as well as ours should be, was the glory of The Lord! Key to this is the world and its influences being dead to us and us to it. Notice, the thing that appears to matter to God is that we are new creations, capable now of being spiritually responsive to Him!
Let’s endeavor to live this quality of life; one that has as its aim the glory of God!
Until the next time, Stay On Target!
“7 Questions to Ask God” from the CEO’s of Ministry Institute”
1) Where is my intimacy with You, God, based on Your desire for me personally?
2) Am I positioned correctly as a leader, to ensure maximum response Your mandates?
3) How effectively and consistently am I executing the 5 point CEO job description as an example to those entrusted to me?
– Provide Direction
– Obtain P, I, Rs
– Commission the work (yes, no or redirect it)
– Provide success (coaching, teaching and training)
– Obtain evaluation
4) How effectively am I carrying out the Great Commission and thereby keeping the core competent leaders You send?
5) How am I doing in ensuring a legacy with this work of Yours – by instituting effective succession coaching, a leader pipeline and leadership engine?
6) In the process of achieving Your vision am I adding value and empowering Your people through relationship, partnership and team building?
7) In the course of doing Your work, where is my love for people and how close am I to seeing things from Your eyes?
Stay On Target!
I just want to encourage those of you who may be going through at this particular moment or who may be dealing with something that seems to not be getting better even though the days and years have gone by. Don’t Die in Your Dilemma! Hell is counting on you wearing down and eventually out, but our God is greater! Refuse to die to what life or the devil might be doing! Declare, I shall live and press on to the fruition of it all!
To the pastor that is up against it, don’t die! It may look like things are never going to happen for you and your ministry but refuse to die and choose to live in all God has promised and makes available to you!
To the Christian who is finding it hard to go on, don’t die! Ask God for new strength, power and praise! Worship Him, if you cannot praise Him right now! Keep the song of The Lord in your heart and expect Him to guide you out of this! Choose life!
I encourage you to move beyond your feelings into a place of faith in God! Trust that better is coming through Him! God is for you – Period! Pray for His plan and strategy not just to see you through but to bring you out and to put you over! He has the final say and I believe all though today you may be down you are yet unconquered!
Stay On Target!
When we consider our motivation for serving God and others, it is vitally important that we be true to ourselves and discerning about what drives us. It is so easy to confuse self centered motivations with sincere and proper ones if we are not careful. We should serve God and others out of love. In the kingdom of God, love for Him and for our neighbor as ourselves should be what’s behind all we do! This is what glorifies God; when His children are motivated by what motivates Him the most – LOVE! (Jn 3:16; 1 Cor. 13)