“God loves you…and Jeff has a wonderful plan for your life!”
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that leaders must assist others into leadership roles and into God’s missional purpose. Of course, the struggle is in trying to make sure that the invitation I’m extending to others is just that – an invitation, not an expectation.
This is not an exact science. There have been plenty of “oops!” moments over the years. As I’ve invited others to lead I’ve been burned on occasion and I’ve accidently burned others. We all know being burned is painful. Nevertheless, I won’t quit. I can’t stop seeing the possibilities that emerge when someone yields their leadership potential to the transforming power of God.
I’m reminded of Moses, once a powerful member of Pharaoh’s household, now reduced to tending sheep for his father-in-law. Moses is getting on in years and while he has married well and raised a family, his dreams have been unfulfilled. Then, out of nowhere, God in the burning bush asks Moses to throw his staff on the ground. It is the act of letting go of those last vestiges of Moses’ self identity which allows Moses to become what God called him to be; a leader in Israel’s redemption.
God still has a mission – the redemption of everyone and everything. God is still calling people to lead the effort for the redemption of everyone and everything. Perhaps the voice doesn’t come from the burning bush but the voice is still very much there. Or maybe God needs us to be the burning bush calling a modern day Moses to lead. – Jeff