Posted to Summit Notes by WCAblog on 8/13/2012 6:00:00 AM – ADAPTED
What transformation [a complete change, usually into something with an improved usefulness] have you noticed in your life thus far, if any? I seem more open and willing for God to lead me to new places and take on new things that before I only dreamed about. And it all seems to tie back to our willingness to leave family and employment security to go where we felt God was calling us. I seem to be thinking more differently; more other focused. Not that I have arrived. But there seems to be a God-driven thing going on in my spiritual life.
How have you experienced any relationship between your transformation and understanding God’s will for your life? (verses 1 – 2) The focus is more on how I can serve others. I recognize the sin of grabbing the reins and trying to elevate myself to someplace not at the right time or manner. I am learning to lead where God puts me. Patience plays a big part in the process. I have to be at the right place of experiential knowledge so that I have the God-given skills and understanding needed for His next step for me. It is all about initiative. Am I taking my own initiative or am I taking the initiative that God is setting before me? That is the thing that I have struggled long and hard with. It has been about my getting to the same place [not arrival but continuing process of learning] that Jesus stated [John 5:30 NASB]. I am learning to be content with where God has placed me. I am learning to be patient and wait for his calling and initiative.
What spiritual gifts have you received from God to serve the body of Christ? During your time of solitude, ask if God has anything to say to you about the way you’re serving with those gifts? Why do you think leaders are challenged specifically with diligence? What might that unique challenge suggest about particular temptations of leadership? (verses 3 – 8)
God is not saying that I should not think. I need to think 360° – looking at all of the angles and not just my particular bent. “Thinking more highly” borders on grandiose thinking. Where has God put me to lead? That is where I am to lead. Let God expand the borders of my ministry. Think within those borders. Serve well the people He has placed in front of me to serve. So the only accurate understanding I can get of myself is through who God is and what He does though me; not by what I think I am or can do for God!
God has bless me to do certain things well. Under God’s grace He has given me the gift of teaching. I am to exercise that gift, remembering that it is a gift and not an entitlement. Accordingly I am to seek to grow the church. Teaching is the mechanics but it is the grace of God that energizes this gift.
God has also given me leadership abilities. I am to take that responsibility very seriously.
Romans Chapter 12 ends by highlighting the call to live a life of service with the characteristic of Christ’s love. How does this passage speak to your current circumstances of living out your God-given assignment? Take some time to talk with God about what you need from him to live into this vision of leadership marked by love. (verses 9 – 21)
Let love – let my love for God’s people be without hypocrisy. On the outside I can be very friendly and yet in my heart can be harsh and unaccommodating to God’s love. That is hypocrisy. It is pretending to love without really loving.
“Do not be wise in your own estimation.” My translation: Do not be overconfident and show my self to be a fool in my rough idea on how wise and important I think I am.
Being finite in knowledge and power the best I can do is revenge. That is a human action. As far as I know God is never cited in the bible as taking or will take revenge on us. He exercises justice, not revenge. When I take revenge, I excerpt God’s prerogative to bring justice and therefore slam the door for shut for restoration. Revenge thinks only of self satisfaction … not restoration of another.
“My Morning Prayer” introduced during the Summit.
God, this is a new day. I freshly commit myself to the role you have invited me to play, as you are building your church in this world. I am awestruck again today that you include me in this grand life-giving, world-transforming endeavor. So today I joyfully offer you:
My love, my heart, my talents, my energy, my creativity, my faithfulness, my resources and my gratitude.
I commit all of myself to the role you have assigned me in the building of your church so that it may thrive in this world. And I will “bring it” today. I will bring my best. You deserve it. Your church deserves it. It is the Hope of the World.
Leadership is an intentional year round process.