Good Folks, it is Friday, June 30, 2017. This is the last day of the sixth month of the year. In one of the few emails I receive from various pastors around the country, one wrote these words that captured my heart that I want to share with you. It is about you and being a leader for Christ.
The first part of being a leader is having a cause and committing yourself to serve that cause. For many of us, that cause comes naturally. It may be our family. It may be our church. It may be a community need. It may be a global need. Sometimes it is a big cause. Sometimes it is a little cause. But it is always an important cause.
… You don’t need to go looking. You just need to open your eyes and ask the Holy Spirit to give your insight.
Look for what breaks God’s heart. There are needs and hurt all around us. You don’t need to look very far if you want to see it. We assume someone else will go. We think someone else will lead the effort. But if God is putting something on your heart, he doesn’t want you to stay where you are.
Finally, when you have a cause, commit yourself to that cause. One of the reasons we are ineffective is that we are often involved in many things, but not committed to anything.
Many folks have different stages of involvement in the community, social organizations, the church, etc. Some retire from corporate America and literally … “retire.”
Some of the synonyms for “retire” are the following words: “depart, relinquish, remove, retreat, separate, surrender, withdraw, decamp, ebb or exit.” I have heard from many church members that retirement from their job was but a moment in time. Getting involved in the life of the church is fulfilling, life-giving, re-prioritizing, and believing that what we do makes difference.
The church functions and grows because of volunteers that are committed to the cause of the church—Christ’s mission.
I an inviting you to be committed. Find your passion. Learn all about it. And risk being blessed for what God has in store for you.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, … (1 Corinthians 12:27-28)
Go for it! Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank