Archive for January, 2013

Is mine a Living Sacrifice?

Having read the account of Abraham walking for several days under God’s instructions to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice in Genesis 22:1-9, I am awestruck at the wisdom of God. That He knew the kind of man Abraham was. I am also awestruck that Abraham was willing to go with this plan.

The walk with Isaac on the final leg of that journey must have stripped Abraham of every human resolution as father and son conversed tenderly, and maybe their last. However, Abraham was SURE that God would provide. In verse 8, Abraham says that “…God will provide for himself a lamb”. He did not know how. But he knew God would raise Isaac. Somehow.

So, Abraham takes the knife, and stretches out his hand to give up his son as the required sacrifice. As Mathew Henry says in his commentary of this passage, ‘here is an act of faith and obedience, which deserves to be a spectacle to God, angels, and men. God, by his providence, calls us to part with an Isaac sometimes, and we must do it with cheerful submission to his holy will.’

As leaders, what are you willing to part with this new season of your life for the sake of having that which is truly worth having? Clout? Status? Authority? Power? I believe that which is truly worth having is a life with God Himself.  May you and I learn how to give up the ‘temporal things’ around us so we can enter into a new fresh and dynamic relationship with God. And then we can become living sacrifices. And consequently we can become the leaders He has called us to be.

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Why Can’t I follow you Now?

 A very happy and prosperous 2013 to you all who follow my thoughts on leadership on this blog. I hope the year brings with it, divine opportunities so that your own leadership can grow and go to the next level. So much promise and so many exciting things to do.

And yet doors may seem open and you naturally want to go through them. Let me sound a warning here. Be careful not to rush as there may be lessons God wants to teach you and I on the virtue of patience. Let’s see this at play in one of God’s leaders in scripture.

In John 13:37 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” In the verses before this, Jesus and his disciples had been having a conversation and Peter’s take was that probably Jesus intended to go some long journey, which would have  subjected him to many inconveniences and unnecessary fatigue. Probably he (Peter) also felt the need to follow Jesus in this supposed journey, at every cost! However, because he did not see our Lord’s meaning, he saw no reason why he could not go with Jesus.

“I will lay down my life for your sake.” Really Peter? It’s clear that he was sincere, but he did not know the limit of his own strength.  He was willing to die, but when the time came he was not able.  Out of this comes a lesson that I hope we can all see and learn from. Never run before God’s guidance to do things (good or otherwise) for Him on the impulse of feelings.

Christ must first die for Peter, before Peter can die for him. Let us never think we can do anything, without the immediate assistance of God.
Peter’s subsequent denial should be an eternal warning to all self-confident leaders, that even though there be sincerity and good will in our intentions in 2013, yet when the trials come, these may not be enough to perform that which belongs to the power of God. We should will, and then look to God for power to execute. Without him we can do nothing.
In 2013, let us be leaders who are not led by our natural impulses or feelings but rather those who know how to wait upon the Lord.
Again, a happy and prosperous 2013 to each and every one of you.