Recently I have been staying with my brother's kids while their parents and older sibling are out of town for a week. I have learned so very much in such a short time. I am so grateful to all those parents out there who day after day cook, clean, prepare lunches, help with homework, help with projects and somehow, someway try to squeeze Jesus and life lessons into everything. I have learned that sacrifice it takes to stop thinking of yourself and only think of the other person. This entire week I rarely got a thank you or great job Aunt Kristine, or we appreciate you getting up each morning and making a hot breakfast. I am simply doing what is expected of a parent. I am doing what is expected of a leader. God has showed me this week that leading children or anyone else is something God has called each of us to do. God is the one who equips and encourages. God is the one who acknowledges the work you do. God is the one who affirms and directs.
Jesus, the greatest leader (and single) that ever lived gives us a great example of leadership. I pray it encourages you as it did me. Luke 9:1-6
Jesus has empowered us to lead. Whether you teach a Sunday school class, manage at your job, serve over others at church, pastor or parent, you have been given power to lead. What do you do with this power? How are you using it to reach others for Christ?
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Jesus sends the equipped to preach the good news, to serve him whether in your home, neighborhood, your city or the world. So many of us are "church sitters"....we are not even to the point of being a "pew warmer" due to our coldness towards sharing our lives with others. How can anyone say they love God and are thankful for his salvation and not want to tell others about it? God has saved you and has/is equipping you to reach the lost world. What are some things you could be doing better? What are some things you need to change? Who has God put on your heart to "heal" but listening to them, laying of hands and praying for them, providing a meal, paying a bill, etc.
Luke 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Jesus provides what we need to do the work he has called us to do. He gives us instructions and guidance. We become a model for him. Jesus' wants us to trust him for all things. He provides our finances, our homes and our stuff. As a leader, we often want to rely on our ability, our resources and our power. When you totally rely on God, you get to see HIS power. In the meantime, others get to see the Lord's power too working in your life.
Luke 9:3-4 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
Jesus teaches us to not be discouraged when we fail, when the other person we are leading doesn't get it. We are called to do the work, teach the truth, share Jesus' love but we are not responsible for the actions of the other person. Even when teaching kids, just like adults, sometimes what you teach them doesn't sink in but in time, after repetition, you see them make changes.
Luke 9:5-6 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
Well, I don't think I am going to get a good-bye banner, thanks for taking care of us Aunt Kristine this week but you know what I have gotten...children that love me, that giggle, that snuggle, that feel safe because God has equipped me to lead and parent them this week. What an honor to be used by God. So how are you being used?
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