• Nige Burr

Leaders - Focus on Christ for the People's Sake. #7

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

“Christians who are trapped by this counterfeit are constantly talking about their weakness.” Bill Johnson from his book When Heaven Invades Earth. Any of us in a caring profession (unless we are born-again tree-huggers) who have to listen to the same person never move on with their life, but obsess about their issues, will come to a point where we have to professionally smile, nod, turn away and keep walking! Perhaps it’s just me, these time-wasters give me such an urge to play wack-a-mole with their crocheted hat! Just breathe!!!

I had a great teacher at Bible College. He was part of the Billy Graham Ministries. He made it clear to anyone wanting to be a pastor, “If you preach well for the people, you will have less dumb conversations afterwards.” What are we preparing our congregations to be? A bunch of whingers, obsessed with their trivialities, or a team who knows how to act and speak with confidence, whilst looking out for one another? Paul teaching Timothy put it like this, “If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.” (1 Tim 4.6 NIV) Release the people to stand on their own two feet. If we have those who are dependent on us, we’re doing it wrong. And if you want that to happen, you shouldn’t be a pastor. (That’s an ego speaking not a calling!) All of us are broken. Fixed well, we can succeed in areas we never dreamed of.

Bill Johnson concludes his paragraph with this, “True brokenness causes complete dependency on God, moving us to radical obedience that releases the power of the gospel to the world around us.” Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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