Thursday, October 31, 2019

Leaders, Don't Seek for Great Things for Yourself

I fully recommend Oswald Sanders' Spiritual Leadership
J. Oswald Sanders, the missionary statesman and Bible teacher who for many years directed Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), once wrote about a time when he wanted a particular position in the Christian world very much. Having friends in positions of influence, he was about to see if some strings could be pulled to turn the job in his direction. He was toying with the idea of doing a little lobbying, just like some of today’s Christian leaders. 

But while walking down the main street in Auckland, New Zealand one day, turning the matter over in his mind, as he walked past His Majesty’s Theatre, a verse of Scripture came to his mind with tremendous authority and powerful conviction: “Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it!” (Jeremiah 45:5).

“The words came just as though it was God speaking. There were crowds all around me, and no one else heard the voice, but I heard it all right!” Sander later said. He continues, “I believe that was a real turning point in my service to the Lord.” As a result, he did not seek the position, but in later years it opened to him on its own in God’s good timing. Wow! In the same ways, leaders shouldn’t seek position and power but faithfully leading where you are now – even without a position – and when the time comes, God will give you the position… or not. No matter what, in God’s business – “Don’t do it!” Be faithful and fruitful anyway.


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