I’ve been in this ministry game for a few years now – and over that time, I’ve found that one of the things that breaks my heart is seeing people write themselves off from life with God, from mission and from ministry because of their perceived worth, or the boxes that other people have put on them.
We’ve been thinking about some of the things that can become barriers to people stepping into calling and fullness of life with God; some of the reasons that someone might think that they shouldn’t be a leader, and why they might not stand up to truth. You can read the first part of this post here – but here’s part two:
Why I Shouldn’t be a Leader:
No-one wants to hear what I have to say.
It’s funny, sometimes, how obvious the tactics of the enemy are. When life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21), and the things that we say have the power and the authority to bring the light of God into lives, why would the enemy not want to put a gag over our mouths?
I was sitting in a team meeting at church a little while ago, ad one of my colleagues made an observation: in the discussion that we had been having, with opinions and ideas being thrown around, every female in the room had apologised before speaking – either to someone else who could have spoken, or to the room in general. It wasn’t something that the guys were doing – but we were all a bit taken aback when he pointed that out at us, reminding us that we didn’t need to apologise for having something to say.
You do not need to apologise for having something to say.
You do not need to listen to that voice that tells you that what you have to say is stupid or unimportant.
You have the power of life on your tongue. Encourage, empower, bless them. That’s what you’re here to do.
I’m too young.
It’s another opportunity for us to step back and allow insecurity to come in, comparing ourselves to the leaders around us and assuming that our input does not have value. And while it is true that we have lots to learn from the leaders around us by watching and listening and serving, there is a difference between humility, and not moving forward because you’re afraid of not being good enough.
Whatever age or stage you are at, you can encourage, you can pray, you can tell your story and you can be a part of what God is doing. We are not a burden, but an example: “Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in faith, in love and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Whatever age or stage you are, you are in control of your behaviour, and your speech; you get to choose to dive into God, and set your faith in Him; you get to speak life instead of death – you do not need to wait to be enough.
I wasn’t brought up in a Christian family.
If you need proof that God works in messy people, the I Am Project has come out of the heart of a messy kid from Basingstoke, who met Jesus at 17.
Please, please, hear me on this: the place that you have come from does not need to limit or define where you can go. God is much bigger than that.
Leave us a comment – what fears and insecurities have been the potential tripping points for you? What would you speak into that?