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God asks leaders to walk so closely joined with him that they are willing to forego any preconceived ideas about how he might use them.
Our ideas are puny compared to God’s. He wants to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). According to Henry Blackaby, “The greatest obstacle to spiritual leadership is people pursuing their agenda rather than seeking God’s will.”
God’s will for you is an expression of his love for you.
- Plan on God’s plan.
His plan is always best. Proverbs says it well:
“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail” (19:21, NLT).
As you surrender your agenda, he will refine your calling.
With surrender comes clarity.
When I recognized my ministry calling to leadership and teaching, it was as if all the unconnected threads of my life came together.
Ruth Haley Barton, in Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, affirms my experience.
“When God calls it’s a very big deal. The whole of life begins to make sense. If you’ve experienced God’s calling, you know what I’m talking about.”
Perhaps, though, you are trying to hear what God is saying. If that’s you…
- Practice listening prayer.
Listening prayer means just that. You listen. You wait for him to speak. He will confirm your ministry through Scripture, other people, and circumstances.
He isn’t always in a hurry, but he will speak. Wait to hear from God and then do what he says. He will confirm your calling as you seek him.
Coming to a place where there is no question of your calling will give you the courage to obey.
With calling comes passion. What are you passionate about? If your passion is nurturing people, God will open doors of service and leadership, giving you opportunities to shepherd people.
If it’s evangelism, he will open doors for you in that area, as will most churches!
A firm knowledge of what God has called you to do will allow you to say no to things not in your specific calling, bringing focus to those areas you are uniquely called to walk out.
- Pray and seek God for the revelation of his vision.
His vision is the one that matters. What he shows you will carry you through and keep you on the course.
Kim Worrell is executive assistant to the rector and Women’s Ministry Director at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke, VA. She said her call to leadership was specific, not vague or general.
“I could identify a specific task the Lord was calling me to birth out of [my] surrendered relationship with Him. It’s critical to identify the calling, since knowing that [call] is what will sustain you when the going gets rough, the enemy roars and people wound.”
The key words in Kim’s advice are “surrendered relationship.” Seek a tender heart toward the plans of God. Great leaders work from God’s agenda, not their own.
What has God called you to do? How might you surrender your own agenda in order to pursue and nurture this calling? I’d love to read your comments.