More Good Reasons to Hear from God, Part 3

We have been looking at the valid and helpful reasons for hearing God in this our second series.  We have discussed how conversations with our Creator bring a reality to our faith because we were created to have this kind of relationship to be a ‘Jesus Follower’.  Then we looked at how finding our inspiration and belief system based around His love we can face the challenges of tomorrow.  Then, we can bring help to our family when we have our life on track with the hope and cleansing He inspires.

Today we want to add two more good reasons to hear our Creator: we become in tune with our God-given gifts and real abilities from our loving Creator.  Then we can step into our calling and take up our place in building the body of Christ, His bride.  It’s only in relationship to His plan that we can see where He has placed us; we see this by hearing from Him in some way that makes sense to us.

So how do we get ‘in-tune’ with our God-given gifts?  How can we then use these gifts to help others?  How can we build our faith level to walk in His leading without doubt in ourselves?

Every heard someone say ‘Why doesn’t the leadership of my (group/church/life group, etc.) see that I want to help?  …that I do have something to give to this group if they just let me in!’  Maybe you’re heard the opposite side of the story: ‘Where are the gifted people that are supposed to be here to help get this program off the ground?  Where are they when we (the leadership of (group/church/life group, etc.)  

Since I have personally been on both sides of this question, maybe some insight will help those asking the same questions.  First, the leadership will recognise ‘…doing the work of …. ‘ as a sign that someone is capable of the position.  That means get your eyes on Jesus and His Lordship and begin living your faith. 

Some suggestions:  Be around others of similar faith and calling – or those who are stepping out in their inner life and convictions.  Find leaders that you can and need to respect.  Grow in your areas of gifting – Let the Holy Spirit teach you, find good seminars, attend leadership training sessions, read good books on the subject, talk with others about how they find their place in the body, etc.  Learn good self care so when you step into His calling, you can be healthy too and not in burnout!  Keep your eyes on Jesus – not the position you seek.  Working at the Art Store can be just as much a ministry as someone who preaches in the front of a congregation.  Learn to practice what He is teaching you already.  Watch your thoughts – envy, bitterness, jealousy, etc. are fruits of the enemy.  You are working with the Lord rather than some ‘box labelled Baptist’ or ‘St. Somebody’.  Again, we in the congregation need to learn to listen to our Creator for His calling!

Then what about us leaders?  Some suggestions:  There are so many gifted people around so start looking for those ‘…..already doing the job’.  Who are the potential leaders at the morning breakfast?  Who are the strong prayers in the groups around you?  Who has the ‘anointing’ to lead teens or the little ones?  Find them as support and help grow them!  Rather than just look at the proven leaders who are already doing the work, keep your eyes open to raise up leaders around you!  Remember the complaints that 30% of the people do 95% of the work? 

We leaders also need to be reminded of Ephesians 4:10-13: “It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists and some to be pastors and teachers …. to prepare God’s people for works of service , so that the body of Christ may be build up …. until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Are we there yet …. Are we there yet?  I don’t think so.

So the leader’s job is to … prepare other people to do the work …. not do it themselves and neglect the vast majority of the others in the congregation.  Remember, I have been on both sides of this question.  We all know we haven’t reached ‘…the whole measure of the fullness of Christ…’!  So I as a leader and as a member of the congregation need to hear from God to follow His directions to help reach that goal!

Well, it looks like I have put this post’s two main reasons to hear from our Creator into one message.  That’s been my heart’s cry for quite awhile – learn to raise up your leaders!  There are out there; we need to find them before the body of Christ can be complete and whole.  Join me in the journey and learn to hear His voice better.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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