You are a leader
What do you do here at the church?" I asked the man seated by me at
the missions banquet.
"Oh, I am filling in as the Royal Rangers commander until we get a
permanent leader," he answered.
"Why dont you continue as the leader?" I asked. "Dont you
like working with the troops?"
"I love it," he replied, "but I am not qualified to fill the position
permanently. Im not much of a leader."
This scenario, applied to various ministry opportunities, is repeated
in church after church. Individuals see themselves as temporary fill-ins
until more qualified people arrive.
I do not subscribe to that philosophy. God has no substitutes. Everyone
He places in leadership is a first stringer one whom God will
work with patiently on a long-term basis until he or she becomes the
leader who is needed. There are no second-class citizens in Kingdom
The late David du Plessis made the statement, "God has no grandchildren."
It applies to substitutes and second-class citizens as well; God has
none. Im not sure that anyone is a born leader who needs no development
in order to fulfill the call of God.
Perhaps some did refuse to serve and the responsibility was passed
on to you. The person who refused becomes the substitute not
Everyone has at least one talent. God expects us to use what we have
where we are. Golden opportunities and great successes usually have
very insignificant beginnings. Faithfulness and diligence make the difference.
God can move a one-talent person up to a two-talent person. He can and
does give leadership gifts to people who are serving to the best of
their abilities and are faithful in little things.
Dont stand on the sidelines because you view yourself as someone
with nothing to offer. Give God the opportunity to train, discipline
and gift you for the work He has called you to do. Moses, when he was
80, said he was not a leader or a public speaker, but God gifted him
and he became one of the greatest leaders of all time. We must always
factor in the power of the Holy Spirit and focus on what He can do through
us rather than our own limitations.
What could we become if we make ourselves totally available to God
for whatever assignment He gives us? Life would take on a new meaning
and we would find ourselves on an exciting journey.