motives

False Leaders

False Leader Mock up2

Paul said, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do:
forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:12-14)

Those of us who participated in the committee that authored the False Leaders document, feel like Paul. We have become far more aware of our motives, our actions, our impact on the people we serve and what we teach.

None of us has attained perfection, but we are more determined, by His grace, to be more like Jesus in the way we lead, what we teach and how we treat people.

With this in mind, we invite you to download and read it. We are each looking inward as we compare ourselves to Jesus’ standards.

We also invite you to pass this around as a resource to people you think might value it for their own life or ministry.

Here is the link to the False Leaders page.

Maranatha (Come, Lord Jesus)
stacy_finalblack

Advertisements

Day of Jesus Christ

abstract-2687792_1280This week I have been pondering a number of truths in Philippians. What jumped out of the paragraph below are the two references to the “day of Jesus Christ”. Take a moment to read it.

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Phil. 1:6-11)

Many things could be said about this passage but what is so encouraging to me is that the Lord is molding and shaping me. He is preparing me for Himself. He is purifying me and forming my character, heart, values and motives to be ready for Him.

Until “that day” I am in process of becoming more like Him. This encourages me. I trust it will encourage you as well.

Take a few minutes to thank Him for all He has done for you, is doing in you and will do when you see Him face to face.

Maranatha,
stacy_finalblack

The Power of Equipping

bible-276067_640

The twelve were with Jesus. They saw how He did ministry and how He treated people. His tenderness, gentleness, and compassion for the poor and oppressed were evident. They saw His heart for the lost sheep and the masses without shepherds. He rebuked hypocrites and false leaders. They were with Him when He healed, raised the dead, and cast out demons. They learned sacrifice, suffering, obedience, and servanthood. They went through faith tests of being in a storm on the sea about to down and then saw Jesus still the storm.

Jesus didn’t focus on how-tos (programs, methods, or skills) but rather on heart, character, values, motives, faith, and leading in light of eternity among other things. We would do well to emphasize the same in our equipping. Then He commissioned them. There was an end to His training.

In your personal mentoring, what do you focus on?

Maranatha,
stacy_finalblack

To Whom Does God Look?

still-2608207_pixabay

“But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.” (Isa. 66:2)

God is not impressed by good looks, wealth, intelligence, education, strength, or any other trait or accomplishment we humans esteem. We strive for these things. We look to one another by comparison to see if we look better, are in better condition, have accomplished more, have more wealth, bigger houses and so on. We look at the outward appearances and accomplishments.

But God looks at the heart and He knows. He knows what is in our hearts. He knows our motives, our character and what is important to us. He knows.

This verse gives me a priority on something different than the world around me. The goal or priority of humility before God and respectfully ingesting and obeying His Word.

No matter what my circumstances, accomplishments, or talents, I do have the choice. This verse shows me what is important to God – humility, contriteness and trembling at His Word.

Maranatha,
stacy_finalblack