I have a question for you.  Do you believe what the word of God says about you?

The Lord directed me to Hebrews 10:35-36 the other day:

So don’t throw away your confidence it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

This passage hit home with me on so many levels.  First of all, I’ve always been one to shy away from the spotlight. Yet, no matter how I tried to not get involved, I could not stop imagining a better way to do things I’d observed from the sidelines. I suppose it’s been my life’s motto “Work smarter, not harder!” So yes, I had the input, but for some strange reason, I was perfectly comfortable “singing in the background.”  Now others may get something completely different from this passage, but what I got was this plain and simple:

“You cannot be afraid to take the lead!”

Now originally when I got this revelation, I admit I assumed that I was to encourage a friend who’d already been in a leadership position.  I mean encouragement is what I do so I was poised to tell them to push their fears aside and truly take the lead.  Only, as I pecked a response to their email,  I realized just how wrong I’d been in my assumption.  Every word was intended for me!

I’d written:

“This is not to bash you, but to bring to your attention the power that you possess to change people’s lives for the better.  But before any of that happens, you’ve got to know who you are in Christ and better yet, you need to ensure that God knows you know whose you are as well.  You cannot be afraid to lead.  You cannot be afraid to teach.  You cannot be afraid to learn more.  When that teachable spirit of humility is replaced by self-righteous pride, you’ll sink like a ship with a massive hole in its bowels. If you allow God to lead you, His purpose will propel you to the desires of your heart.”

There it was.  My reality.  I had the power to change lives, but instead of speaking up, I held my tongue.  I knew that I wanted more, but I had allowed the fear of rejection keep me stagnant.  In the past, I may have complained about what should happen, but thankfully, God reminded me with this verse that I needed to complain less and do more to be the catalyst of change.  Humbly, now I realize that since God has given me a license to lead, it’s time to move in His direction.

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