Ever step into a room and find that people aren’t as passionate as you are? You feel like Jesus is coming back in five minutes and it seems everyone else is sleeping? Sometimes we can allow the passion level of who we are with, dictate how we will be. As a worship leader, I succumb to this all too often. I’ll be excited to press into the presence of God and it seems no one wants to come with me. Do I lead the way with my passion for God or just relax? What should you do? “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord” (Romans 12:11). I love this verse. Fervent means to have great intensity. Our zeal for Jesus should be burning hot at all times. When it is not, we should cry out to God and press into Him even harder. Here’s my challenge: Don’t let other dictate your passion level for Jesus. Be a leader. I’ve heard it said to be a thermostat, not a thermometer. If you live this way, you will bring others to a higher level.
Continuing from this post (thanks again Perry)… #5 – Humility This is a tough one because…well…one cannot actually brag that they are humble! Too many times in the past I know that this was a quality that was NOT in me! I wanted the credit for all of “my ideas!” If something went right and I was involved–I wanted people to know about it. If an element of service programming went well and it was my idea…I took the credit. And then one day I had a conversation with John Maxwell that ROCKED MY WORLD…he said to me, “Perry, you are where you are for two reasons. The first is the favor of God. The second is the giftedness of God. And Perry, please understand that God didn’t owe you either of these. You are where you are because of Him!” DANG! When it comes right down to it…I don’t have good ideas–God gives them to me. I don’t have the ability to think or act…OR LEAD…unless HE leads me! John 15:5 is SO true…and I have no right to boast in anything that I feel like I accomplish! If a leader doesn’t care who gets the credit…but is obsessed with God getting the glory–awesome things can happen! #6 – Honesty One of the things the corporate world has seen lately is a lack of integrity…and the lie that “this is my life and how I live it doesn’t really […]
Thanks to Perry for these… #1 – Passion I’m not talking about false excitement over an event that you would not attend if you were not on the payroll at the church! But rather raw, unfiltered, emotional and unapologetic passion…a white hot fire inside that consumes, controls and configures us into who Jesus has called us to be and what He’s called us to do! Be warned–passionate people make for easy targets because no one has to guess what they stand for! However, passion, if handled correctly, can be one of the best friends a leader can have. #2 – A Desire To Please God One of the first verses I ever memorized was Galatians 1:10. I remember reading it and feeling like it literally jumped off the page…and something inside of me kept screaming, “You are going to need this verse for yourself if you are going to be truly successful in ministry.” A true leader in church would understands that God is our Leader…and in a passionate pursuit to please Him you and I will often disappoint people. We can’t please committee’s and Christ–a choice must be made. #3 – Wisdom James 1:5 has been a verse that I have also had to cling onto as a leader! What a promise! God has called us to wisdom…so…as leaders I feel that we need to be doing as much as possible to learn…that means going to conferences, reading books…and not […]