All words we use in our Christian environment. All pointing to the same question – what does God want you to do and are you doing it?
This past year I have served in Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) as President of our installation. I have also stepped out more into something I have come to love – speaking/sharing at retreats, prayer breakfasts, meetings. Both roles have challenged me. Not in terms of could I do it or not, but in being a spiritual leader.
The logistics of these things do not bother me. I can write up talking points, organize boards, vision and plan for an organization. Those things are easy. The challenge? Am I saying and doing the things God would have me to? Am I Biblically sound in my teaching? Am I discerning enough to know when things are not as they should be spiritually in my organization and do I have enough courage to do something about it?
These are the questions.
I believe God has called me to these roles for this time, and hopefully allows me to continue to serve Him in leading others. I do love to tell people about Jesus. But insecurity haunts me, much like it does others at times. Am I doing well enough, am I discerning enough, what if I mess up somewhere? I have prayed over these things a lot lately. God has blessed me in walking through those questions.
He first asked me if I trust Him – and then He asked if I thought he was big enough. Big enough for what? Big enough to guide me in the ways He would have me to go and big enough to override/fix/use any mistakes I make to further His kingdom. As much as I would like to avoid it, I will mess up – and not just once. Is He big enough?
I recently read an article about Christian leadership. Apparently in American society, we believe as a group of believers that there is a lack of Christian leadership. I would agree. As the article points out, we would consider it a “crisis of leadership.”
I do believe we have a crisis, but not because we don’t have the resources. In the survey for the article, the most important trait Christians looked for in a leader was integrity. Notice, they were not looking for perfection. Crazy though, only 15% of those surveyed actually considered integrity as one of their personal leadership traits. Weird.
What I see in the survey and in Christians around me is the same thing I see in myself. I am a leader, even if it means just leading my children. By it is difficult to see myself this way. I know me. I know how often I mess up. I can recall and recite the mistakes I have made. I wonder many times why anyone would follow a pitiful sinner like me. Look, if we stay right here satan wins.
Being a leader in my home or outside it is not a matter of perfection it is a matter of faith. Who do I follow and is He big enough?
I believe He is. I believe that my God who breaths stars, walks on the same water He created, and lives inside of me is big enough. Big enough to forgive the mistakes I make and love me anyway. Big enough to show Jesus to those I meet even if I say the wrong thing. Big enough to save others even when the life I live in front of them is a constant picture of the need for grace. Big enough.
So today I leave the same challenge for you that He has laid on my heart. Are you doing the things He has called you to? Are you stepping out in faith to do things beyond what you are comfortable? Are you being the Christian leader He has called you to be in the place He has planted you? Do you believe He is big enough?
Today our giveaway is the last of the month. The winner will win Lysa Terkeurst’s book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God plus a $10 Starbucks giftcard. How do you enter? Leave a comment about what God has called you to do or how you have stepped beyond your comfort zone in the past. What is God doing in you?