PASTOR ROBERT'S BLOG
Recently I was speaking to someone about their particular ministry. They stated, “all is well; however, I have a team member who tries to assert themselves as a leader and it's just a struggle every time.” Then it hit me...the problem we have in life is when we forcefully try to lead. How much more successful could we all be as potential leaders if we stopped trying so hard to be one? The key is really in following and not necessarily leading. The Bible speaks numerous times about "following". As we read in the New Testament, specifically Matthew 4:19, Christ told his disciples to follow Him and he would show them how to be fishers of men, i.e., how to be leaders. But first, they would have to be followers and students, able to take direction and open to Jesus' instruction. In today’s church we seem to have developed a formula to draw people into service as if we have checklist for leading: we need doctrine, smoke machines and the right lighting... and then we'll be a success! But did Jesus give his disciples a pre-printed template? They had to serve and learn before they could draw and lead. We need to turn back into seekers of the bride groom by following Him into the intimate place of prayer of worship. Through following the Spirit, others will watch and want to know more about our relationship with a God we can’t see. The next thing we know, we will be leaders, not because of the plan we designed, but because of how closely we follow Him.