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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Process of Growing as a Leader

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by Pastor Tim Burt


I was a young man who was new at learning what walking out your life in Christ meant.  When I had sincerely prayed and asked Jesus to be my Lord, the skies did not open and the angels did not sing that I could hear. I did not experience goosebumps or have a vision. I had simply prayed a prayer that I sincerely meant from my heart. I wanted to submit my life to the Lordship of Jesus. Something did happen but I was at a loss for words to adequately describe it. I could only say that suddenly, I knew something had changed. When I woke up the following morning, I felt like I was seeing life through a different set of eyes. And I was! I was seeing life through God's eyes—through the Holy Spirit living in me.

It was a couple of years later that I felt I had a call of God upon my life to serve Him in ministry. I wanted to know the steps to accomplish that. I wanted to learn how to become a leader for God. I began to pray and ask the Lord what steps to take. Over the next year, the Lord helped me see that serving Him through serving in my church was a critical step. 1 Peter 4:10 (NLT) says, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."  The Lord helped me commit to serving which was a miracle in itself. Up to that time, I was the most uncommitted person I knew. I wouldn't commit to anything. The thought of being committed to serving the Lord was terrifying. But I did it. I committed to volunteering in service at church once a week in facility maintenance and serving with Renee in children's ministry every other week. I did so even though I thought I might feel more comfortable jumping out of a airplane without a parachute.

What was I doing making a commitment to serve God and who did I think I was thinking that God would call me or use me? I’d get hit with feelings of fear and inadequacy and the devil was there to point out every weakness in my character. My faults were plenty. But in pressing through it, the Holy Spirit would repeatedly remind me, Jesus died for me, God's grace cleansed me, and He would use me. The Lord would speak to my heart and tell me, If you want to walk out a call and serve and lead others, its important to learn to lead yourself. Making commitments to the things God would lead me to do, produced that within me. I was learning to lead myself through obedience to His leadings in the small things He'd speak to me to change, or to serve Him in.

As I'd press forward in trying to obey God, I'd often have this thought, You can't serve others or become any kind of leader until you've cleaned up every part of your life. I learned over time, that was a lie from the pit of Hell. We aren't capable of cleaning up ourself. We need God's help. And it doesn’t make sense to wait your entire life to accept responsibility and roles of service or even leadership until you have perfectly learned to lead yourself. No, the Bible teaches us that in the body of Christ, we should be involved in giving our supply to the church. In other words we should serve God and people faithfully and diligently. And as we do, and because we do, we mature and begin to change, mature, and learn how to accept responsibility at higher levels including roles of leadership. God uses this process to help clean us up.

Overcoming selfish tendencies and learning to make personal changes and sacrifices in obedience to God and for the good of others will revolutionize your life. You cannot change from selfish to selfless without God's admonishment and help! Understanding that your development is a lifelong course will help you overcome the feelings of inadequacy. Be patient. God will complete the good work in you over time! Learning to say Yes to God and accept opportunities and challenges while standing in faith on His promise, “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need,” will bring you to great places and an exciting life in God. And you will experience the process of growing as a leader.

Philippians 4:13 (NLT) “I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.” 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Letting God Develop Leadership in You

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by Pastor Tim Burt


About ten years ago, I was asked to take on a position of responsibility and leadership over an area of ministry that was foreign to my base of knowledge and experience—different from anything I had ever done in the past. I remember my first thoughts when asked: There are a hundred people I know that are more qualified to take this on Lord. Why would you want me to do this? I know almost nothing about any of this.  This morning I was reading Moses reaction when God asked him to lead in a role outside of his comfort zone. Exodus 3:11 (NLT) "But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”  Do we all sound like this when God asks us to do something we don't know how to do?

Most of the things God has asked me to do have been through some kind of impression upon my heart and usually when I've been reading His word or praying. But sometimes He simply has someone ask us to do something, and deep down we know its God asking. The Lord taught me something critical in my early years of Christianity. When He was leading me to obey and do something for Him, He taught me to: a) follow His leading, b) set my questions and feelings of inadequacies on a shelf, and c) trust Him.

In my early days, some of the things the Lord was leading me to do seemed somewhat unimportant or insignificant. The kinds of things your brain would wrestle and whine about doing and your flesh would resist wanting to do. I remember a time when I felt the Lord impressing me to use one of my days off from work each week (when I was working for the airlines,) to go do volunteer painting at a church. The church had expressed the need and it was something I could do. I was obedient but felt unnoticed and unappreciated. It didn't matter. I knew the Lord wanted me to do it. I did it unto Him and I committed to it for a year. That year helped me more with developing a right motivation than any other of my life. God was building character within me. There were other things God led me to do that were more spiritual in nature—having to do with the development of my personal disciplines such as studying God's Word or praying. Sometimes the Lord would lead me to do acts of kindness for others. Whatever I felt He was leading me to do, I tried to be obedient.

The Lord knows exactly how to get our attention and lead us. I remember I’d be thinking about something I felt like the Lord wanted me. Suddenly our Pastor would be preaching on that very subject. There were times when I could just sense the still small voice of God inside compelling me to obey Him. I could have easily blown any of these heart-leadings off as imagination except that the Lord kept bringing a verse to my heart that became a Word from Him to me. It was about being faithful and obedient in the small things. One day the Lord spoke to me through a verse that would become foundational to the way I thought and responded to the Lord for life. It was Luke 16:10 NLT and it said, "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities." He was teaching me that faithfulness to these things was my preparation to do greater things throughout life. I’d often hear Him say in my heart, Tim, if you can’t be faithful in the little things, why would I trust you with greater things?

This word from God compelled me to pay attention, quit making excuses, and do the small things I felt He was leading me to do. In His way, He was showing me that He was building me from the ground up. There were periods of time when I didn't sense any great leading from God. I didn't because He had already given me things to do that would take time and development. I just had to do them. He knew how to get a hold of my heart when He wanted me to do something. I just needed to communicate with Him daily and tell Him, Lord, here I am. Help me to obey you as you lead me today. When I did that, I was more sensitive to His leading.

I've learned over the years that things that might initially seem insignificant, can turn out to be life changing—for myself and others. Learning to follow God's leading is a precious thing and critical to the character development of becoming a Christ-like leader.

Revelation 7:17 (NLT) "For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”


In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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