Updated: Mar 26, 2020
As a public figure/entrepreneur, I can attest to the fact that gaining the trust of your audience is imperative. We live in the age of skepticism. There are public conversations happening all over the world about politicians being cloned, how billionaires are funding the transhumanism movement, Bill and Melinda Gates are becoming more untrustworthy by the moment, the Cryonics Institute is beefing up their marketing.... this is the time to be skeptical!
Setting yourself a part of the skepticism is an impossible without the grace of God. Millions of Jews still doubt that Jesus is the Messiah. Christians that are cessationists believe that the miracles no longer occur. Doubt and panic keeps the news stations function, but where will the nation turn when they need stability? My friend Jean said a powerful statement this week, “The Church is the vaccine for the coronoa virus”. I believe that statement whole heartedly. Let’s be honest, are we in a place where we can handle being the vaccine that the world needs? I’m afraid that many of us are too exhausted to answer the call.
I’m afraid that many of us are too exhausted to answer the call.
For a while, I was too tired to answer the call of God on my own life. I was emotionally drained, disappointment, frustrated, and misunderstood. My answer was always “yes” to be God, but it was a struggle to be obedient. Most Christian leaders wouldn’t admit to this, but I’m not ashamed of it. I was in need of so much, yet I was also needed for so much – and I was empty.
I lost friends because I couldn’t be there. I was labeled a terrible mentor and person because I wasn’t intentional enough. It’s amazing how individuals expect leaders to be there every time they call, need prayer, make a mistake, or they just want to blow off steam. But, who is there for the leader? Contrary to popular belief, leaders need:
1. Prayer – just like you.
2. Space – just like you.
3. Grace – just like you.
4. Money – just like you.
5. Friends – just like you.
6. Privacy – just like you.
Once I was no longer a resource, I became an enemy. Isn’t it funny how we treat God the same way? We become a stiff-necked Israelite that will worship a golden calf because we can control it, rather than accept the provision of God that is in control.
In religious sectors, it is an honor to be a resource. Pastors are sought after for their wisdom. Churches are used because of their resources and also their access to resources. Subsequently, it’s not a hardship for Christians to give, it’s in our DNA. At first, giving may seem like a command that you have to fulfill to make God happy. Thankfully, the more that you experience the love of God, giving because a by-product of your nature.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Jesus Christ is an example of a transformational leader that sacrificed it all for his followers.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
I’ve fought extremely hard to not make ministry a hardship, but there have been moments when ministry seemed harder than usual. Loving Jesus isn’t difficult, serving people is. Then, when God asks you to serve people who are dedicated to mistreating you and disobeying God, the inclination to question God increases.
When God asks you to be a resource when you are surrounded by the façade of lack, the inclination to question God increases. This is why I pray for my Pastor incessantly. The weight of ministry can be extremely heavy, and it can cause mind games that will lead any pastor astray emotionally. Every time I pray for my Pastor or other Christian leaders, I pray that they release the burden to God.
It’s God’s Burden, Not Yours