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 him to push his fears aside and truly take the lead. However, as I pecked a response to an email detailing his concerns, I realized just how wrong I’d been in my assumption.
Every word I’d intended for him was exactly what I needed!
“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. 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 I wanted more, but I allowed the fear of rejection keep me stagnant. In the past I merely complained about what should happen. Thankfully, God reminded me I needed to complain less and do more. That said, since I’ve been given a license to lead, I’ve decided to use it. Perhaps, you should consider doing the same.
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