One minimalist definition of biblical faith is “expecting God’s best.” Unpacked, it means that faith is believing “that God exists, and that He rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NLT) The direction we choose determines a lot about how life unfolds before us.
Nothing paralyzes good leadership like fear, and nothing fuels good leadership like taking risks in faith. Obviously, we must make decisions wisely, but when we know, it’s time to go. This is coming from a somewhat trigger-shy leader.
Ever been stuck? Over the Christmas holiday, my family traveled to Missouri and stayed a night in my in-laws’ sweet little cabin in the woods before heading on into St. Louis. It rained a lot that night, and there’s no driveway. We got out okay but I managed to forget my wallet and had to run back for it, at which point I got seriously stuck… alone… in an all-wheel-drive sport utility vehicle.
When I knew that God was calling me to serve in pastoral ministry for the rest of my life, I wrote a note in the margin of my Bible, “Called to Preach, March 1, 1995.” Seven months later, on October 1, I finally surrendered and said “yes” to His call. I had all kinds of reasons why God couldn’t possibly use a shy kid like me in a preaching role, but my excuses said more about my lack of faith in God’s ability than about my own lack of ability. But God was patient, as He always is, and decided to use me in spite of my reluctance.
In today’s world, meekness = weakness. God does not view it that way, however. The Bible says of Moses,”Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) And in a world where power is everything, Jesus entered the scene in a wooden manger surrounded by barnyard animals. He grew up in an humble village, the son of a carpenter, of modest means. He lived His life serving others, yet Jesus was certainly the most influential leader in all of history.