Archive for July, 2014

Follow the Leader

It’s been hard for me to ever think of myself as a leader. I have never thought that I had the “it” factor that great leaders possessed. I don’t have what I consider to be an electric personality. I’m not an extrovert, preferably a wallflower rather than the life of the party. It’s not that no one ever told me that I could never be a leader. In reality, I’ve been told all of my life that I had the potential to be a great leader. Others saw it in me, but I just could not see it in myself. Part of the reason was that I was comparing what I saw in others to what I did not see in myself. It seems that God has really been deconstructing my own self image here lately. A good friend of mine, Dan Clark, once told me during a breakfast meeting that I should embrace the things about myself that I did not do well. At that point, I didn’t really grasp the power of what he was saying. I figured that because I didn’t do the things well that I saw other great leaders do well, I could never be a leader; not even considering becoming an effective Pastor. Our series in church has been dealing with breaking bad habits and cycles in our lives, and the last 4 weeks have dealt especially with breaking the spirits of comparison and poor mental workings. As a result of really allowing these things to sink in, plus having some real eye opening time at our staff meeting over this weekend, I am beginning to see the uniqueness in the way God has created me to lead. It doesn’t look like my Pastor in many ways, any Pastor that I’ve ever sat under. It doesn’t look like our Youth Pastors, or anyone that I see on television. I’m me, and in the past I’ve spent so much time ripping myself for NOT being the people whose lives I looked up to and admired. However, instead of focusing so much on my weaknesses and deficiencies, I am really beginning to see how my strengths can be used by God to be an effective leader.

I have always wanted to be a leader, but the issue has not been with what I was created to be, but rather how I saw who God has created me to be. In the light of respecting and esteeming his creative work in constructing me, I think that I am beginning to understand myself in the way God intended for me to be. Quirks and all, I think I’m actually an ok guy, and I’m growing to be an effective leader as well.

Breaking the spirit of Comparison

John 21:18- verily I tell you, when you were younger you dresed yourself and went where you wanted, but when you are old, someone will dress you and lead you where you don’t want to go. Jesus said thia to indicate the kind of death by which Peter glorify God. Then he said to him “Follow Me”. Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved was following him. When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die. He only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, whats it to you?”

Peter was comparing his death to John’s.
1. The Curse of Comparison
A. Produces inferiority or superiority.
B. Produces anger toward God
C. Opens the door to Satan

James 3:14-16- but if you have bitter envy and self seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic.

Comparing yourself opens the door for Satan to take away the joy of God, which is our strength.

2. The Causes of Comparisons
A. Lack of acceptance of who God made me to be.
1 Cor. 12:24-25- while our presentable parts need no specjal treatment. But God has put the bidy together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

Stop wanting everyone else’s gift. Seek God for your own gift and allow God to impact the Kingdom by you being you.

B. We don’t understand who God has called us to be.
2 Cor.10:12- we don’t dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure thenselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.

Those who compare themselves to others are not wise.

C. Covetousness-this was the original sin.  It shows ingratitude for what God has given you.
Colossians 3:15- therefore put to death the members which are on the earth: fornication,  uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness,  which is idolatry.

*Could it be that you being upset when God blesses someone else,  is stopping God from blessing you?

*The MATURE Christian ahould be the first one excited when God blesses someone else.

3. The Cure for Comparison- Romans 1:21
A. Glorify God- quit magnifying the blessing and GLORIFY the BLESSOR
B. Be Thankful-walk in an attitude of grace
C. Renew my mind