I have recently been mowed over by my own ignorance. For years and years I have had grandiose aspirations of leadership within ministry and the Kingdom of God. I’ve gone through the “trick God by pretending you don’t want to be a leader, and then He’ll make you one” season and figured out that wasn’t true.
Just last week I realized there was yet another incorrect mindset I was toting around.
I use to think that leadership in ministry had something to do with my own skill set. That it had something to do with my public speaking ability or my savvy people skills. Yes, of course those are excellent qualities, but they are not part pre-requisites with God.
There is only one pre-requisite. There is only one primary job description. The closer we draw to the last days the more important this one character trait is. Do you want to know what it is? Do you want to know what God looks for in leaders? I will tell you.
That’s it. God wants friends. Right now you’re probably saying, “Duh Shawn. I know.” Sure you do. But do you know?
Do you know in such a way that your living your life differently? Do you know it so that that it is more important to you that you go to the prayer meeting than have lunch with that influential guy? Do you know in such a way that when those who you do have leadership over start looking in another direction you don’t care? Do you know that you can receive nothing unless it’s been given to you from heaven, so you only care about being a friend of God?
The President of the United States of America
A good president hires smarter men to be in his inner counsel. All good leaders do. They get the best, brightest, smartest folks to be their counselors.
God doesn’t need any of them. There is not one man or woman that ever lived that could have given God any worthwhile advice that He didn’t already know. Nobody ever could improve on God’s ideas or his application of them. He needs no inner circle of wise counselors. Yet God still wants an inner circle. Why? If not for counsel then for what?
It is not as complicated as we all think it is. If you want to be in God’s inner circle then be His friend. Be Peter. Be James. Be John. Be yourself. Don’t worry about networking relationships as much as living holiness.
To be God’s friend all we have to do is choose righteousness and pray.
What you do in the secret place matters. When nobody’s looking are you clicking that link? When nobody’s listening are you complaining? When nobody’s helping are you serving? Friendship with God is formed in the secret place. All we have to do is (1) talk to him using the Bible, using our prayer language, using our own words from our own mouth, and (2) choose purity / Godliness / holiness / righteousness.
If you will be His friend He will speak secrets to you. He will impart life in your inner man. He will bring you into His inner chamber. Into the garden. Into fellowship.
[See John 3:28-30 and Matthew 25:1-13]10 comments