“Whoever has the gift of encouraging others should encourage. Whoever has the gift of giving to others should give freely. Anyone who has the gift of being a leader should try hard when he leads. Whoever has the gift of showing mercy to others should do so with joy.” Romans 12:8 NCV
If you have a gift use the gift you have …encourage, give, mercy, lead…the leader that does not try hard is not using their gift. Just because you have a gift does not make it easier to do life…life still comes at you hard. You have to posture yourself to work harder.
We often think a gift will make it easier to live, to serve to grow…but there is a part of you that has to be attached to the gift! Effort! Your work ethics do your effo to try hard matters. The gift to lead is a great gift to use to impact people, but if we sit on our gift, if we only use our gift when it benefits us, then we are not truly using our gift.
My encouragement today is to hustle! I can still hear my little league coach yell at us when we did not move fast enough…HUSTLE!! My challenge today is to try harder using the gift to lead. We see so many that have so much potential, but they choose the easy route, they choose the average route. Don’t be that person!!! Choose to lead from a place where you lay it all out on the field. Hustle is what we do, and when we hustle and use the gift to lead we will see more move around us!
Lord, help us to always remember to give our very best, to work harder and try harder…and most of all HUSTLE!
Are are we mishandling the presence of God in our weekend expericnces?
“But do this to them, that they may live and not die, when they approach the most holy things. Aaron and his sons will go in, and appoint each one to his service and to his burden. But they will not go in to see when the holy things are covered, lest they die.”
Numbers 4:19-20 MEV
The presence of God was not handled carelessly. Whenever they were to love the tabernacle, they were given direction as to how to handle the holy things. They were to cover the holy articles and then the Kohathites were to not go in and see it uncovered, but rather wait until the priests set it up to be carried. Aaron’s sons would handle the holy things and then they would come in and carry it. The priests were to handle it and the people were to carry it out.
How often do we mishandle the presence of God? Or better yet, we get so comfortable with Gods presence that we don’t take greater care at handling it, or putting his presence at the center so the people can carry it out of the service. So many times we are concerned with them carrying an announcement out, or carrying a program out, or even carrying out our message. Why not take greater care or intentionality in helping the people carry the presence of God out. Make Jesus the center of it all. If a few people died because they mishandled the presence of God, then we would take greater care of the transfer. The truth is…people are dying. They are leaving our service not with life, but rather death…they are carrying out things and not the presence!
Lord help us to carry your presence and as a leader, help us to set up our own experi need that when people walk out, they walk out carrying the presence of God. Help us to make Jesus the center of all we do!