In the last issue of Testify, we spoke about the need for Leaders, Managers, and Minister to release their workload to:
1. Ensure that they are not overloaded with work.
2. Ensure that they are not so busy that they lose their time with God.
3. To avoid that they cannot grow their organisation because they are trying to do everything themselves.
4. To avoid that they make poor decisions.
But to do that they must have people with a servant’s heart who are willing to support their leader, as in the case of Aaron and Hur, who literally supported Moses by lifting up his arms in the heat of battle.
Here is the question “Are you willing to serve?”
Many have a wish to become a leader or manager, but no one starts at the top, and this is even more true in the spiritual context, where God places his anointing on His leaders and Ministers.
Let’s look at King David in 1 Samuel 17:17-58
Being a dutiful son and servant to his family, Jesse his father asked him to take supplies to his brothers and the commanders of the army who were currently engaged in battle against the Philistines and most particularly Goliath.
At the time of the request David was not a King in waiting, he was to the Jewish nation the lowest of low; he was a shepherd. This hardly sounds like the beginning for the best King they have ever had, yet it was.
However, it was his willingness to serve which means he was in the right place at the right time to hear the taunts of Goliath.
If you serve another person’s vision, God can then give you your own vision, because He knows you have proven yourself to have a servant’s heart and will therefore be willing to serve the vision God gives to you.
Now there will be people who may doubt your ability to do the task, and there are times when we may have to stand up for ourselves and defend our capabilities. David had to do so when challenged by King Saul who did not feel a young shepherd boy could defeat a giant. David’s defence shows his preparation for the task when he reminded Saul that he had fought lions and bears, and even more so that with God on his side he could not fail.
I have often thought about how David must have viewed his life when he was a shepherd. He was clearly a man of ability and yet he was tending the sheep. To make matters worse he had to defeat a lion and a bear. I wonder if he sometimes bemoaned his lot in life? I know members of the congregation who have been upset with God for letting them go through trials, that were not as severe. You may have felt that way yourself at times. It is especially hard, at these times, to believe that it could be in God’s plan for you and your growth as an individual.
But will I be a servant forever, some people ask? The good news is that God sees the servants heart, but so does the leader and manager, and in the case of David, he came to the attention of the King.
Now Saul tried to dress David in his armour, but of course it did not fit. David was unique and had his own plan and vision and more importantly anointing. We are all individuals and cannot adopt someone else’s vision or try to be like them with the same anointing.
We know that David successfully felled the giant with a stone and his sling, but most importantly with the faith to believe.
Did he start as King? No, he started as a shepherd, but because he was willing to serve his father he was in earshot when Goliath taunted the Israelites. He defeated Goliath fully acknowledging his training (bears, lions). He had to do it his way and could not use someone else’s armour. He accepted that his lowly position did not make him any less able to serve God and the whole Jewish nation, even when criticised by his brother, because he had the confidence in the abilities he had been given.
However, even after he had defeated Goliath and received the rewards promised, he was still on a journey to be King. First, he had to serve Saul faithfully and was so recognised by the people for it, so much so, that Saul became jealous. Sadly, it is not unusual for those in leadership to be worried about lifting people up beneath them. What if they are better than me? This can stop a leader from promoting the person instead of basking in their success which would not have happened without their help in developing the person and recognising their ability in the first place.
The leader’s role is to recognise talent, help them develop, and then release them to be able to grow. They on the other hand, must not forget how they got there and to be grateful for all the help and support.
Joseph is a salient reminder of what can happen when we let our dream run ahead of the plan in place for our life.
Joseph was told in a dream that he would be a ruler and his brothers would bow down to him. Sadly, it inflated his head so much he told them, and they were so impressed they stuck him in a hole and then sold him into slavery.
If you are too big to serve, you are too small to lead
He had to learn the hard way that if you are too big to serve, then you are too small to lead.
Having had an inflated ego it didn’t mean that God wouldn’t fulfil his plan through Joseph it just meant that Joseph would need to learn humility and to lean back on God. Ultimately the full vision did come to pass.
Therefore, we must realise that we are all part of God’s plan, but that he may need to correct us at times when we veer off course. We are essential to support our leadership and God reminds is that we must pray for all our leaders, unconditionally.
To become a servant, we must:
Do so with a willing heart.
Accept the authority of those above us.
Realise our need to continuously grow.
Accept any correction needed to improve.
Not be driven by ambition except to be the best.
Allow others to acknowledge our abilities.
We need people to serve the kingdom of God, are you part of the great mission to spread the Gospel and make disciples of all people?
Have you been co-missioned.
Are you willing to serve?
By Bill Allen
Bill Allen is a Speaker, trainer, glass breaker, copywriter and virtual sales manager. He has a passion for effectiveness and efficiency, which he used to great effect as both the Event Director of the Christian Resources Exhibition, the Head of Sales for the Bible Societies book publishing division and whilst still running his own consultancy – The Business Improvement Specialist.
He has a passion for helping individuals, company leaders and companies to improve in all aspects of their business and life. He offers one to one coaching, gives seminars or training courses on his effectiveness and efficiency course for Christians known as “Finding Time for God”.
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