THE SECRET TO NAVIGATING MINISTRY MAZES

The landscape of leadership is dotted with mazes—those crucial decisions that require traversing multiple routes to find the best one. Mazes can be challenging, complicated, and cumbersome. But they don’t have to be.

Recently, as I prayed about a crucial ministry decision, God characterized it as a maze and showed me that one of the pathways had just been closed off.

Good, I thought. We’re making progress.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how much I dislike mazes. Even the friendly ones in cornfields that cost five bucks to go through don’t feel friendly to me. I jotted down the reasons I never pay money to go through them.

Why I Hate Mazes

  1. They are scary.
  2. You have the feeling of being lost, even trapped.
  3. They are confining, somewhat claustrophobic.
  4. You have to keep track of which paths lead to dead ends.
  5. There’s a feeling of uncertainty.
  6. If others are in the maze, it becomes competitive.
  7. They’re a time-waster.

When I translated that into the ministry decision I faced, the pressure mounted.

I talked to the Lord about it, and He brought to mind a special relationship I had with our friends’ five-year-old son, Ben. We loved to spend time outside together—turning over rocks to find creepy crawlers, venturing down rows of corn to spy spiders, and climbing trees to retrieve cicadas’ shells.

The memory brought tears to my eyes, and God began to reframe my current maze. He called it an adventure, a time to explore, and a great learning opportunity.

And then He posed this question, “Lisa, what was the best part of your time with Ben—being together, or finding critters?”

Of course the answer was being together, and God had me.

God’s Perspective on Maze-Like Ministry Decisions

  1. Adventure. God has great confidence in His ability to lead us through the unknown, and great anticipation of the joy we’ll share in this new experience together. As we step into the maze, we can step right into His faith.
  2. Exploration. God knows every twist and turn in this journey and will be leading the way, shining His light on important aspects He wants us to see.
  3. Discovery. God is brimming with excitement at the hidden treasures we’ll uncover along the way.
  4. Learning new things. We’ll gain a college course of insight—even from the avenues that don’t lead to the final choice. The knowledge will serve us well, both now and in the future.
  5. Being with Him. The absolute best part of entering a maze is doing it with our heavenly Father. Yes, He’ll lead us. Yes, we’ll discover and learn along the way. And yes, we’ll come through on the other side. But being with Him throughout the entire process trumps it all. 

In maze-like leadership decisions, and in life, relationship with our Father always supersedes accomplishment. Accomplishment apart from relationship is hollow. The secret to navigating ministry mazes is to view them as adventures you get to go on with your amazing heavenly Father.

 

How do you feel about the mazes you’ve encountered in leadership, and how has God helped you navigate them? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

WHO IS MY “ONE ANOTHER”?

Most leaders have a decent handle on loving the “one anothers” in their lives—Christian family members, friends, and co-laborers in ministry. The “one anothers” in Scripture are typically applied to fellow believers. But they can also be applied to people in general—in keeping with Jesus’ admonition to love our neighbor as ourselves.

A coworker and I were discussing the level of care that’s commonly given within the body of Christ. When a fellow believer has a long-term illness, they receive anything from prayer to cards to chicken soup. When a believer is moving, word spreads and a dozen people show up on the designated Saturday. When a Christian mom has a baby, homemade meals appear at her front door for weeks.

All of this is right and good, but when you think about it – even in the midst of our fiery trials, we’re well-set as believers. We have a relationship with our heavenly Father, we know our purpose in life, we have brothers and sisters in Christ to journey with, and we know where we’ll spend eternity.

Contrast that to unbelievers who are spiritual orphans—wandering aimlessly or furiously climbing a career ladder. Languishing or partying with other orphans. Having no concern or no comfort regarding life after death.

As you read the “one anothers” in Scripture, see if you can extend them to an unbeliever. Here are a few examples:

5 Ways to Treat an Unbeliever as a “One Another”

  1. Be kind and tenderhearted (Eph. 4:32). How do you typically show kindness to fellow believers? Do you hang out over coffee? Do you shoot hoops? Whatever it is, pray about ways to share that experience with someone who doesn’t yet know Jesus.
  2. Offer hospitality (1 Pet. 4:9). Think about the time and effort that goes into family gatherings and holiday meals. Or even your Home Group get-togethers. Pray for an opportunity to invite nonbelievers into your home.
  3. Teach one another (Col. 3:16). We frequently share Scripture with fellow believers, wanting to encourage them with a biblical principle. God’s truth is applicable to every person’s life, and it doesn’t return void. Look for ways to winsomely share it with unbelievers.
  4. Greet one another (1 Pet. 5:14). Depending on your church’s culture, greetings may include bear hugs, hearty handshakes, loving eye contact, and an exchange of encouraging words. When you cross paths with nonbelievers, make an extra effort to greet them sincerely and look them warmly in the eyes.
  5. Accept one another (Rom. 15:7). This is tough, even with fellow believers. It’s a good thing Paul adds on, “just as Christ accepted you.” People aren’t necessarily easy to accept, but we’re exhorted to welcome them and take a personal interest in them. Look for ways to honor and interact with the unbelievers in your life.

God uses leaders as game changers. If your social circle resembles a holy huddle, stick your head up, notice the people who aren’t in the game, get to know them, and invite them in. God isn’t willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). Let’s join Him in His loving pursuit of others.

 

What are some ways you’ve reached out to nonbelievers in Christian love? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

ON WEIGHING PROS AND CONS

Most leaders are good at making pragmatic decisions. They do the research, list the options, and weigh the pros and cons. But does that approach yield the best decisions?

We were at a significant juncture at our ministry—so significant that we held a special board meeting to address it. There were three possible routes to take. We listed them on paper and discussed the merits of each.

Then we entered into a long season of prayer. Round and round we went—basically discussing it with the Lord together. Much of what we’d said earlier was repeated in prayer. But there was a humility and deference that characterized our prayer. A dependence, a neediness, a “God, help us.”

Toward the end of the prayer time, one of our board directors said, “As we’ve been praying, I’ve been sensing an interim step for us to consider.” He laid it out, and it resonated with everyone. As we agreed on the interim step, one of the three options we’d been considering rose to the top.

God’s pathway emerged.

And we’re peacefully traveling down it.

3 Reasons We Weigh Pros and Cons

  1. It’s logical.
  2. It’s fast.
  3. It usually produces decent decisions.

3 Reasons to Make Decisions with God

  1. He’s wise. We can use our human reasoning all day long, but it never measures up to God’s wisdom.
  2. Prayer is worth the time investment. Prayer is worth the time primarily because being with God is worth our time. His presence renews our spirits and reminds us of His faithfulness. Secondly, God guides us through His Word and His Spirit as we talk with Him.
  3. His decisions are superior. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. His aerial view is perfect, and He knows the path He wants us to take and the decision He wants us to make.

As leaders, when we’re faced with multiple options in decision-making, we often default to logic and human reasoning. There’s nothing wrong with carefully considering all avenues—unless that’s all we do. When we weigh pros and cons, let’s invite the best “Pro”—God Himself—to weigh in.

 

In the comment Section below, relay an instance where you faced several decisions, and God specifically led you as you sought Him.

THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT?

In a court of law, a person swears to tell a truthful version of every single thing they witnessed. Does that same standard apply to us as we share the truth about Jesus with others? Let’s take a look.

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I grew up with a comprehensive understanding of the gospel. It was a fleshed-out version of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, including who God is, who Jesus is—His death, burial, and resurrection, and how we can become a child of God by recognizing our sin and placing our trust in Jesus for forgiveness and eternal life.

Sharing the gospel was done through activities like door-to-door witnessing, handing out tracts, and approaching unbelievers so you could explain the gospel in its entirety.

None of it felt authentic, and consequently none if it happened very often. Not in my life, and not in the lives of the vast majority of believers I grew up with.

I remember awkward experiences of sharing the gospel as part of a community outreach program in Bible college. I remember mustering up the courage to tell a good friend about my faith in Jesus, and then promising never to bring it up again unless she wanted to hear more (as if it was offensive!). And I remember a beautiful experience of sharing the gospel with a military man on a 9-hour flight from Europe to the United States. He was primed and ready to trust in Jesus, and did so 30,000 feet above the ocean.

But those experiences were few and far between.

Until the last year or so.

Since then, I’ve realized that planting seeds of God’s truth—even when I don’t have the opportunity to share the whole gospel—is biblical and powerful. I’ve shared nuggets of Jesus’ truth and love with over a dozen people. It’s becoming a natural way I interact with others, and I’ve shed some of my previous misconceptions.

My Misconceptions about Sharing Jesus

  1. The Whole Enchilada. If you’re going to reach out to someone spiritually, make sure you share absolutely everything they need to know to place their trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord.
  2. Memorize Your Plan. Pick a way to share the gospel, and commit it to memory. That way, when you have an opportunity, you won’t freeze up – you’ll be able to recite the whole thing from start to finish.
  3. It’s Never Natural. Just accept the fact that people don’t really want to hear the gospel, press through, and share it anyway.

 The Truth about Sharing Jesus

  1. Plant Seeds. There are limitless words, phrases, and verses you can share that are relevant to the conversations you’re having with people. It may be as simple as, “I just want you to know how much Jesus loves you.”
  2. Know Key Scriptures. Be able to quote or paraphrase a handful of gospel-focused verses. That way, if the conversation progresses and the person wants to begin a relationship with Jesus, you can guide them biblically.
  3. Genuinely Love People. Wherever you are, see people with Jesus’ eyes and love them with His compassion. Initiate conversations, listen beneath the surface of their words, and listen to the Lord’s whispered words and Scriptures to share with them. 

Jesus told us to make disciples. Think about it – that’s rarely done by just one individual. Paul planted seeds, Apollos watered them, and God made them grow. God uses the body of Christ to share the gospel and disciple people. As leaders, let’s lead the way in loving people and planting gospel seeds everywhere we go.

 

In the Comment Section below, describe a recent “seed planting” experience you’ve had, and/or a misconception you’ve had about sharing Jesus with others.

FROM NOW ON

A year and a half ago God used the death of a friend—an everyday evangelist—to spur me to talk with strangers about Jesus. Even though I’ve grown in initiating conversations with others since then, I’ve periodically asked God if it’s just a phase. His recent answer bellowed to me from Scripture.

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I was reading Luke 5, where Jesus climbs into the boat with Peter, James, and John. They had fished all night and came up empty-netted, and when Jesus told them to try again they balked. But they obeyed, and soon their nets broke with fish and their boat nearly sank. They were shocked by the miracle and convicted of their own sin, realizing they were in the presence of God. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”

“From now on.”

Not, “For the next season.” Or, “For the next few years while I’m here to stir your passion.” Or, “For the next phase of your life.”

No, “This is your life FROM NOW ON—speaking words of life about Me to others.”

My Personal Highlight from a National Conference and the March for Life

I recently attended a national conference and the March for Life in Washington DC. The highlight could’ve been hearing Joni Eareckson Tada’s keynote, or worshiping with hundreds of believers, or seeing two bald eagles soar over tens of thousands of pro-lifers gathered at The Mall while House Speaker Paul Ryan gave rousing remarks.

But the highlight for me was a four-minute conversation with “Talib,” the young man who helped me with my luggage.

I don’t remember my opening question to him, but before long we were talking about his homeland—Ethiopia.

He described it as a beautiful country, and one that he hoped to return to soon.

His parents had come to the United States years before, and he came more recently to further his education. His day job was helping people like me, and his night job was taking I.T. courses. He hoped to use what he was learning in the States to start a business in Ethiopia.

I sensed his appreciation for America, his aspirations for his future, and most of all his deep love for Ethiopia. But there was also an air of uncertainty in him, not knowing how it would all work out.

Jeremiah 29:11-14 came to mind, and I shared it with him. I said, “God loves you so much, Talib, and He has good plans for your life. I’ll be praying for you.”

Talib’s dark eyes twinkled. He nodded and said, “Thank you, ma’am.”

Just a simple exchange. Talib shared his dreams, and I shared a few hope-filled words from Scripture. Nothing earth-shattering.

What was shattered was the wall of silence that can exist between us and people we don’t know. It reminds me of Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Commentators have various explanations of its meaning. But in the context of having life-giving conversations with strangers, my paraphrase goes like this, “A word of truth, lovingly spoken, is like a gentle hammer that shatters the wall of silence between people.”

Leaders lead. Leaders initiate. Leaders bring change. From now on, let’s lead by speaking words of life about Jesus to others, everywhere we go.

 

What was the most recent life-giving exchange you had with someone? Feel free to share it in the Comment Section below.

 

NO PAIN, NO GAIN?

Marathoners often describe hitting the wall as they run. It’s a stretch of time when everything in their body hurts and everything in their mind screams, “Stop!” They press through, and the pain lifts. But is “no pain, no gain” a good mantra for Christian leaders?

It was an intense season at our ministry—a huge project with a drop-dead date. We sharpened our pencils, picked up the pace, and cranked out the work. The pressure to meet our goal was excruciating and made it impossible to pause with God. Our normal rhythms of connecting with Him got squeezed out. But we pressed on, and nearly dropped dead in the process! God essentially said, “This pain isn’t from Me, it’s from neglecting Me.”

5 Questions to Ask During a Marathon Season

  1. Presence. Am I actually aware of God’s presence? The presence of God isn’t an ethereal notion. It’s a tangible reality—simultaneously comforting and strengthening—that comes from being with Him. And it’s essential to God-ordained progress. Moses wasn’t willing to go into the Promised Land without God’s literal presence. God said to him, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Ex. 33:14).
  2. Pause. Are you pausing in the midst of your work? Did you catch the tail end of God’s response to Moses? When God is present, so is His rest. Intentionally pausing with God is one of the most restful and consequently productive activities you can engage in, especially when the heat is on. Open the Word. Pull up a worship YouTube. Get outside in nature. Sit silently with God.
  3. Pace. Are you moving along at God’s pace? I’m not saying that God operates at one speed. He knows the course and the progress needed for each leg of it. Sometimes He’s sprinting, other times He’s jogging. And sometimes He’s standing. The key is to be in step with Him. It’s the only way to be assured that you’re functioning in His presence and at His pace.
  4. Peace. Are you experiencing God’s peace? I don’t think any of us actually enjoy stress. We might enjoy the rush of adrenalin that accompanies kingdom-advancing projects. But we don’t relish the ongoing pressure. Ongoing peace, by contrast, is deeply satisfying and the chief indictor of a soul anchored in God.
  5. Priority. Is your connection with God still your top priority? None of us embrace an important project hoping to lose our workplace intimacy with God. But if you’re pressed, in pain, and have no time to be with God—something’s gravely amiss. Pull the plug on the project, at least for the time being, and realign yourself with God. No project’s accomplishment is worth the diminishment of your abiding relationship with God.

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (Isa. 40:28-31).

 

 

What warning signs does God give you when you’re running full speed ahead, apart from Him? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

 

 

ARE YOU MAKING TRACKS OR FOLLOWING FOOTPRINTS?

By their very nature, leaders are out in front, making tracks for others to follow. But is this the full story for Christian leaders? Let’s take a look.

Our leadership team was praying about how we’d been forging ahead in a project when God suddenly hit the pause button. As I prayed, I pictured our footprints in the snow. They came to an abrupt halt, and there were no footprints in front of them. Just a snow-covered path. I prayed, “God, You stopped us in our tracks. Thanks for Your wisdom in doing that.”

A team member picked it up from there, praying, “God, we just want to follow You. We want to place our feet directly in the tracks You’re making. We want to be so close to You that we’re in step with You. Help us to stretch when Your steps are wider and to slow our pace when Your steps are closer.”

Her prayer reminded me of the song “Good King Wenceslas,” written in 1853. You’ll want to read every word; especially the bolded sections. Think of Good King Wenceslas—the sire and monarch—as your good King, the Lord Himself. And think of the servant—the page—as yourself.

Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen,                                          When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.

Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,                                When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel.

“Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou knowest it, telling,                                              Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”

“Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain,                                    Right against the forest fence, by Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me food and bring me wine. Bring me pine logs hither.                                   Thou and I will see him dine when we bear them thither.”

Page and monarch forth they went, forth they went together,                      Through the rude wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather.

“Sire, the night is darker now and the wind blows stronger.                                 Fails my heart, I know not how, I can go no longer.”

“Mark my footsteps, my good page; tread thou in them boldly.                          Thou shalt find the winter’s rage freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted.                                          Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed.

Therefore, Christians all, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,                                            Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.

*From the original work of John M. Neale. Adapted for young readers, by Tim Ladwig—also the illustrator.

3 Questions for You

Think of the top-level projects you’re engaged in right now. Ponder these questions with the Lord:

  • Is there tangible evidence that you are following in His footsteps? If so, what is it?
  • What level of peace do you have regarding these projects?
  • Are you aware of the warmth of the Lord’s presence and the wisdom of His guidance?

If your answers to these questions reveal that you’re in front of the Lord—where it’s cold and scary and uncertain—adjust yourself. Talk with Him. Repent of anything He shows you that’s off. And carefully follow His lead. Leaders who follow in the Lord’s footsteps move forward in His presence, wisdom, and pace.

 

When do you tend to get ahead of God, and how does He help you adjust? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

NEW YEAR’S POSTURE

There’s a new Willow Tree figurine on my bureau. It’s called “Shine.” That’s my desire for the New Year—to shine Jesus’ light wherever I am—whether leading at the ministry or loving in the marketplace.

It occurs to me that we are powerless to shine, or love, or lead apart from Jesus. In EVERYTHING, He has gone first—leading the way for us to follow.

5 Ways to Shine Like Jesus

  1. Honor the Father. Jesus’ posture was to honor the Father—always placing Him above Himself—“The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28b). As we worship the Father, His glory is paramount in our hearts and His goodness flows through us.
  2. Mirror the Father. Jesus did what He saw the Father doing and said what He heard the Father saying (John 5:19). When we’re in sync with the Father through an intimate relationship, His love is evident in our actions and His truth in our words.
  3. See People as Individuals. Jesus saw Zacchaeus in the tree and called him by name (Luke 19:5). I’ve written down the names of a dozen or so strangers I’ve talked with recently. They are no longer strangers. They are individuals with names, dearly loved by God.
  4. Pray for People. Jesus prayed for people while He was on earth, and He’s still interceding (Romans 8:24). As you get to know individuals, write down their names and pray for them. Praying for people is worth Jesus’ time, and it’s worth ours too.
  5. Break the Barrier. Wherever He went, Jesus spoke, touched, loved. He shared meals with tax collectors, hugged lepers, and touched sick people. He wasn’t afraid of getting their stench on Him; He knew His fragrance was more powerful.

A fellow staffer and I were talking recently about how surprisingly easy it is to break the barrier between us and strangers. I said to her, “Yes, the curtain of separation between us and strangers is really, really thin. A single word of greeting, a simple initiation of conversation, and—poof—it’s gone.”

The enemy would have us believe the curtain of separation is many inches thick—so he can prevent us from sharing. It reminds me of the very thick veil in the tabernacle that prevented priests from carelessly or irreverently entering the holy of holies. Jesus’ death split it from top to bottom, opening up a new, living way for us to draw near to God (Hebrews 10:19-21).

“Jesus, You opened up the way for us to know God. Help us to open up conversations with others so they can know Him too.”

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).

 

How is God leading you to share Him with others this year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.

 

 

SHARING CHRISTMAS BEYOND THE NORM

At the outset of this Christmas season, I urged all of us—myself included—to go out of our way and share Jesus’ love. Just like Jesus went out of His way for us. Here’s how He’s led so far.

One of my dear friends is going through a multi-year challenge. While the end is in sight, she didn’t have the heart to prepare her house for Christmas. She was in a grin and bear it mode. One morning during prayer, the Lord whispered an idea to me. We could decorate her home while she was out. I gathered some friends, we rallied our spare decorations, snuck into her house, and turned it into Christmas. When she came home, she called me and said, “Oh my word, Lisa, this is amazing! When I opened the front door, I thought I must be in the wrong house! You guys are too much. Okay, okay, I’m officially entering into the Christmas spirit now. THANK YOU!”

The man in the alley said, “Hello,” when one of our staffers greeted him. He was wearing a bright red hoodie, and she said, “I see you have your Christmas red on!” He laughed and agreed. As they parted ways, the Spirit spoke to her heart, “The box of chocolates you’re carrying is for him.” She thought it was for our clients. I’ll let her share the rest… “So on cue, as I looked back at him walking in the opposite direction, he too looked back at me. Then, it’s like everything was slowed. I told him I was going to deliver the box of candy to someone else, but wanted instead to give it to him. I laughingly said, ‘You’re free to binge on it all by yourself, or have fun sharing them.’ We were super close at this point, and he, with few teeth remaining, said, ‘I have five children, ma’am.’ So I said, ‘Then I guess you’ll have fun sharing them! Merry Christmas!’ I felt such love for this man. As I handed him the box, I asked, ‘May I give you a hug?’ And there, on the corner of 8th and an alley, we were in a full-on heartily-embraced hug. He said, ‘God bless you!’ I thanked him and went on my way knowing that—indeed—God HAD just blessed me!”

When our staff converged upon a local cafe carrying all the trimmings for a Christmas tree—including a small live tree!—the owner said, “Oh man, you’re going to make me cry.” One of our staffers had gathered everything we needed. Before heading to the café, we read scriptures together, prayed for the workers, and signed a card for them. We toted our merriment to the café, outfitted the tree, tucked it in a vacant corner, and sang carols. The owner stood at the counter, taking it all in with tear-brimmed eyes. My tears didn’t stay in my eyes. Afterwards, there were hugs all around. One more gesture of Christ-filled love was extended to those precious men that day!

“Prepare God’s arrival! Make the road smooth and straight! Every ditch will be filled in, Every bump smoothed out, The detours straightened out, All the ruts paved over. Everyone will be there to see the parade of God’s salvation” (Luke 3:4-6 MSG).

Jesus is leading the salvation parade. As leaders, let’s LEAD in sharing His salvation message everywhere we go.

 

How have you gone beyond the norm this Christmas, however great or seemingly small? Feel free to share in the Comment Section below.

 

WHAT’S WRONG WHEN WORSHIP SEEMS LONG?

As Christian leaders, we believe our hearts are postured toward the Lord. We’re eager to engage with our teams in worship and in the Word. Or are we?

We made a recent board decision to rotate leadership for our engagement with God at board meetings. We want each board member to share in leading this core aspect of our ministry’s culture.

As the second board member took his turn, I readily entered into the scriptures he laid out for us.

Until.

The scriptures turned into an exercise, and I could sense it would go longer than our typical 10-15 minutes.

Hmmm… I thought. If other board members take their cue from him, these times with the Lord could go really long. And besides, we have a big agenda tonight!

The worship extended to an hour and a half of very significant time with the Lord—full of faith and direction for the future. Afterwards, one board member said, “I could go home right now. God has already done so much.”

She was right. And God led us through that hefty agenda with ease and unity.

I was surprised by my initial reticence. I’ve come to deeply value extended times with the Lord. Why did I think the worship was going long?

How to Keep Your Heart Open to Worship

  1. Put honoring God in first place. It’s a subtle thing, but not uncommon for leaders to allow the work of the ministry to supersede the Lord of the ministry. Make an intentional effort to guard the supreme place God deserves in your hearts and ministry.
  2. Follow God’s lead, not your watch. If you’re like me, you can be time-based in your valuation of activities. It helps you to be an organized leader, but it can also quench the Spirit. Let’s consciously let God be Lord of time.
  3. Beware of ruts and routines. It’s human nature to fall into predictable patterns of seeking God at our staff and board meetings. Let’s resist that temptation and receive God’s fresh wine and wineskins.
  4. Tune in to your heart response. If you’re chafing during corporate times of worship, ask yourself why. God will reveal what’s off in you, and He’ll grace you to get back on track with honoring Him.

My guess is that until heaven, we leaders will periodically bump into our human tendency to value work over worship. Thankfully, God’s Spirit is ever present to point our gaze heavenward. When we give God free rein in our worship, He will freely reign in our ministry.

 

“The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth,

for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”

John 4:23b

 

 

As a leader, how is God nurturing a worshipful heart in you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.