Yesterday I posted a quote from Pastor Warren “The greatest churches in history are yet to be built. Are you prepared to be used by God? Willing to pay the price? To be hated?” This is what I will focus on today.
The greatest churches in history are yet to be built. Now I might be reading things into this quote but what he is getting at here is not buildings. If you have read anything he has written you know when he speaks of church he means people. That what we need to do as leaders is build up people. We need to build them up and send them out. We need to equip people to face the junk that is out there in the world. We need to speak the truth of the Gospel no matter how unpopular that might be. The other day I posted on facebook a little quote from the Catholic Bishops in US. “Abortion is not health care because killing is not healing” Well as you can imagine that sparked quite a little response from people. I followed that up with a post here on the blog on the Orthodox position on abortion. Again more response. But it is the teaching of the church. The truth hurts, and the truth will set you free. We as preachers at some point in time, decided we need to be liked and popular. Well I would rather preach the truth then be popular!
Are we prepared to be used by God? Another interesting question. God will use us for the kingdom if we are willing to be used. But we have to listen to his call. He is speaking, yes speaking even in these crazy days. If we turn off the TV, radio, computer, ipod, etc… we will be able to hear him. If we equip the saints then he will be able to be heard by them.
The last part of the quote, are we willing to pay the price, to be hated? This is the hardest part of all of this. Visionaries are often hated by those with no vision. Jesus was hated by those in power and he lost his life for it. Jesus was a reformer and a visionary and he died for it, and for us by the way. If you are a leader, or one who is in training to be a leader be prepared to be hated. Yes even in the church people will hate you. In fact I think it is worse in the church. But keep this in mind. If they are kicking your butt it means you are still out in front!
Leadership is not easy. Vision is not easy. But we are required to be visionaries if we are going to be leaders other wise we stand still. And if we have no one following us then we are just out for a walk.
What is your vision? How to you impart your vision to those you lead?