Today’s guest post was submitted by John Townsend, Ph.D. Today he shares how leadership is a significant part of the Bible’s teachings, because the concept was not invented by humanity, but by God. God sent His original leaders to a planet that needed help, and still does! But we can learn to lead others well, as Jesus demonstrated true leadership to us.
Saved for a Purpose
Jesus told his disciples: "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” Are we doing what God asks of us, and living up to the purpose He created us for?
Read Amy's story of her dramatic realization of God's intention for her. She challenges all of us to understand what Jesus' sacrifice means.
When Home Becomes Less About a Place and More About God’s Presence
In our move across the country I came face to face with the truth that I hold on to things and people tighter than I have held on to God. Comfort and shelter from the storms of life, security, protection, affirmation and love are all things that are found in a good home and community. While these are all good and necessary things, my longing for them can easily lead me to displace my affections for God. There is nothing like losing that security or having it all uprooted to make us long for Christ, our real home.
At the Heart of Trochia’s Mission: A Level Path
The writer of Hebrews uses a metaphor for life in verse 12:13, by speaking as a coach to his running team. Before a runner sets himself on a race, he examines the track carefully because unevenness can make him vulnerable to a fall, especially when he gets tired. If the path is not leveled, neither advanced runners or weak runners can finish the race well. When we stay on the right path of life following Jesus, we bring healing not only to our lives but also the life of others, and we finish the race well.
Does Fruitfulness = Exhaustion?
So what does the call for fruitfulness mean for my tired heart? Does God call me to exhaustion and disarray in order to be fruitful for his glory? As I wrestle with this, I realize that I’ve taken the burden of fruitfulness on myself. I have to be the best writer, best mom, best wife, best volunteer, best worker, in order to prove my worth to myself and to God.
American Sniper, the Apostle Paul and My Mission
If I were to have a conversation with Kyle and Paul, the two men would probably humbly tell me about the lives saved because they were faithful to their mission. They would tell me to stop thinking about my own fear and think about the people God has called me to help, just as they did.