This act alone where he honours them, loves them and demonstrates their value and worth before God would inspire them to serve his calling on them for the rest of their lives.
Throughout the ministry of Yeshua, he has been leading and developing them to carry his message to the next generation.
Come follow Me. Mark 1.
Taught them how to fish. Mark 1. Fish for people.
Gave them authority. Mark 6. Sent them out 2x2.
He reproduced his life in them. Matthew 28. Make disciples.
Simple steps but profound results.
I do. You watch.
I do. You help.
You do. I help.
You do. I watch.
Servanthood in God’s eyes is never a sign of weakness.
It requires more strength of character to serve than to be served.
Proverbs 12:15 “Fools suppose their way is straight, but the wise pay attention to advice”. CJB
We can only lead people as far as we have personally gone in our lives as leaders.
Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
We can only develop people to the degree they want to be developed. ( Do they want to mature, be healed, or be led?)
We are not born developed but…we are all born with the potential to develop.
I prefer untrained people over know it all people. (Review scripture above)
Know it all people are difficult to lead - they are like fools.
- they may have good skills but usually they have an attitude problem.
Untrained people know they don’t know it all - they are the truly wise.
The will of a person is always better than the skill of a person because if we have his will, we can develop his potential.
TWO IMPORTANT THOUGHTS to the outcome of any life.
1. The environment where we were born and nurtured.
2. The environment which we choose for ourselves.
The first is not our choice - the second is our choice.
FAMILY & PLACE OF BIRTH
The people who brought us into the world, shared their worldview and attitudes with us have begun to shape us.
This can have a lasting effect upon us for good or not so good.
Many nations need a major shift in how they govern their people. Corruption. Poverty. Education. Values. These things affect families.
Romans 12:2 “Keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed”. CJB
As a man thinks so is he!
Thoughts produce actions,
actions become habits,
habits form our character,
and character determines our destiny.
THE CHOICES WE MAKE
There are the choices we make for ourselves later in life which are more important than our beginnings.
We learn that life is about taking responsibility for ourselves and for the choices we make.
If we are hurt, damaged by life, addicted, or broken, then we often just allow life to pass us by.
If the people who brought us into the world were good to us, then developing will come more naturally compared to difficult beginnings.
We all have the opportunity to change, to create a life we want to live. To dream as it were, the impossible dream.
ENTER THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD AND HIS KINGDOM
New environments bring new paradigms and new potential for change.
There is power in the environment called the kingdom of God.
If your mind were a seed, it would contain potential to develop fully providing it was put into the correct environment.
A dry, cool place - it will lie dormant and undeveloped.
Think of all the cool places you could be at and end up wasting your time and life.
A warm, moist place - it will grow and develop.
If the environment is right then the seed has the potential to reach its full development.
Only God’s kingdom provides us with the right environment for change and full development of who and whose we are.
THREE POINTS AS WE GROW AND DEVELOP
1. Start with the end in mind and work backwards.
2. Have a life long vision of what you would like to become.
Romans 8:29 “Conformed to the image of his Son”
2 Corinthians 3:18 “Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
3. Remember where you came from and the benefits of making the changes needed to keep moving to what you want to become. Devour God’s Word so you are thinking right and depend on the HS to lead and guide your steps forward. (think - act - habits - destiny)
You are never too young or too old to change.
The challenge is the longer we stay the same the more difficult it is to motivate yourself to be different.
If you want to reach your goals for your life then be prepared to change.
Don’t worry about others and what they think or say…this is about you.
Leaders are those who have a goal of what they want to become and put in the work necessary to develop themselves and others.
This is the essence of true discipleship.
Parents prepare their children for the future.
God does the same with us as His children.
Leaders prepare their followers for the future.
What is the outcome of all this work?
We become the people we want to be and influence others to become the people they want and need to be.
This benefits people, marriages, families, ministries and the places where we work and influence others.
We enjoy a culture of personal growth for life - a healthy environment.
1. As a leader, do you value character and attitude or ability and gifting?
2. What kind of environment for change exists in your home or in your ministry?