Imagine a job interview that measured how much a candidate was willing to be vulnerable or transparent. What if a test for a candidate was able to tell whether he or she was able share his or her own sins, struggles, and compromises? What if you were able to tell whether a person felt inadequate for the job, but had a strong faith and confidence that God had made them adequate for it? If so, you would be able to tell whether a person was truly capable of being a spiritual leader.
Unfortunately most of our measuring systems as Christians are the same as the world’s. They measure past success, self-confidence, personality strengths, etc. In essence they measure as person’s performance not their inner spiritual strength.
In our Wednesday night teleconference study on Transforming the Marketplace (you’ve got to get in on this – we’re having a blast!) we are discovering the secret of spiritual adequacy is a realization of personal inadequacy, and that true confidence to lead and effect a change in others comes from God, not from oneself, and it is usually made real in the middle of one’s struggle and failure.
People who are truly effective to minister are ordinary sinners like you and me, not superstars or spiritual giants or sterling examples of moral perfection. In fact, hand the baton to any of the latter and just wait for the fall. The bigger the impression, the bigger the crash. The people you want to lead you are people who have already crashed and found the secret of adequacy and real strength is Christ in them… in spite of them. Indeed, the real “successful” leaders are those who feel that crash daily in some form and are not afraid to show that. That is what keeps them realizing God’s power in their lives and what also sends a message to everyone around them that it is Christ and not them that we are all following.
[You can hear a recording of last night’s study by dialing 218/237-3850 and using the access code 124393 and recording number 101911. Better yet, join us live next Wednesday, 7 pm Pacific at 218/237-3840.]