Friday, February 3, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 34

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” I've always liked this quote because it addresses an issue I see in Christian leaders sometimes. Others have called it the "paralysis of analysis." Why does this happen to those leaders whom God has appointed over his churches? It's a complicated questions.

First, there are relationships. In the military officers don't get too closed to the troops because they may have to issue a command which sends them to their death. Pastors and elders don't have that luxury. Our job is to have relationships with those we serve, and not just to issue edicts from on high. A second complicating factor is limited resources. Many of our churches on low on money, resources, and people. We believe what God is saying but can't see how it'd be possible. Remember who God has used in the past people! Remember that our Father owns "the world and everything in it! Lastly, a big component of inaction on the part of church leaders is fear. Fear of offending, fear of being wrong, and ultimately the fear of failure. These three things and many more make it difficult to make command decisions in church leadership.

There is obviously two sides to this. We don't want to be rash, irresponsible, or operate out ahead of God. But we also don't want to be people who are so afraid of making mistakes that we can't make any decisions. Napoleon was right that there is a time for deliberation and a time for action. But in the church our deliberation should be more prayer than board banter. It should be more of consulting God than consulting each other. And when he gives us the direction, and the time comes to make the call, we take the action. We trust that the God who has called us to lead, gifted us to lead, and guides as we lead is with us!

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Leviticus 8-10


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