The man who desires, seek after, and pursues
leadership instead of Growgrowth is only
positioning himself to lead people astray.
As we read through scriptures, with specific
emphasis on the four gospels and acts,
we will see that God
first calls men unto growth, before
He calls them to lead.
The reason isn't far-fetched: the tools that
are required in leading and wielding influence
are acquired via that training for growth.
Before Jesus told Peter...Feed my sheep,
He had first told him...Follow me.
Between Follow me and Feed my sheep,
Peter went through a mixture of experiences
that shaped him in
becoming the kind of leader he became.
He failed, he rose again.
He made wrong decisions, he was corrected.
In all, he was being fashioned
into the kind of leader that would not mess up
God's plan for His church.
This bit should be clear.
Even if you have a "calling", understand
that God first calls you to grow.
Didn't Saul of Tarsus had such a spectacular
and dramatic encounter?
And what do we read of him after that?
He joined the disciples and began to learn.
It wasn't until some years
after his spectacular encounter, that the
Holy Ghost said He should
be released for the work He has been assigned.
So dear one, you see all that zeal and fire
burning so earnestly in your soul?
Channel it to learning, growing, and
Stay active as a Believer, but don't rush
yourself into becoming a man of influence.
Usually, and this is the most important part
...if influence comes faster than training,
the work will be soiled, and
God's plan will be stained.
Leadership usually "happens" to men whose
mind and focus are stayed on growth.
Galatians 5:19-26 King James Version (KJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these; Adultery, fornication,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which
I tell you before, as I have also told you
in time past, that they which do such
things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such
there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified
the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk
in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory,
provoking one another, envying one another.
In a mother’s womb were two babies.
One asked the other: “Do you believe in
life after delivery?
“The other replied, “Why, of course.
There has to be something after delivery.
Maybe we are here to prepare
ourselves for what we will be later.”
“Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life
after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there
will be more light than here.
Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat
from our mouths. Maybe we will have
other senses that we can’t understand now.”
The first replied, “That is absurd.
Walking is impossible.
And eating with our mouths?
The umbilical cord supplies nutrition
and everything we need.
But the umbilical cord is so short.
Life after delivery is to be logically
The second insisted, “Well I think there
is something and maybe it’s different than
it is here.
Maybe we won’t need this physical cord
The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover,
if there is life, then why has no one ever
come back from there?
Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery,
there is nothing but darkness
and silence and oblivion.
It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second,
“but certainly we will meet Mother and
she will take care of us.”
The first replied “Mother?
You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable.
If Mother exists then where is She now?”
The second said, “She is all around us.
We are surrounded by her. We are of Her.
It is in Her that we live. Without Her,
this world would not and could not exist.”
Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only
logical that She doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes,
when you’re in silence and you focus and
listen, you can perceive
Her presence, and you can hear Her loving
voice, calling down from above.”
Maybe this was one of the best explanations of
the concept of GOD.
~ Author - Unknown
I had the image of a woman bearing down
during contractions in labour and the
words "bearing down".
She is clenching her teeth and pushing down
as hard as she can through her pelvis,
to enable the birthing process for baby to pass
down through the birth canal and enter
the world to begin life independent of the
safety of its mothers womb which has protected,
nourished and been the means to grow it
over the course of the last 9 months.
As the contractions come closer together
and stronger the woman enters the place
where she no longer thinks about what she
needs to do, at this point her body takes
over and naturally knows what to do because
this is what it was designed to do and made for.
This is where it must come to for the believer
as our walk, faith & belief deepens with the Lord.
When we come to the junction of having
practised bearing down so much along the way
that our spiritual man has been so exercised
and given charge to do his job, that he has
reigned and is without limitation within and over us.
As we are habitually in the practice of bearing
down and pushing through, in our prayer life,
in meditation, reading the word, obedience
to the Lord through the Word, application of
the Word to our lives, in good works, giving,
stewarding, caring, renewing our minds,
dealing with hatred and rejection while
walking in compassion, mercy and
forgiveness towards all.
When these things and others that feed and
sustain our spirit man empowered by
Holy Spirit because we choose them,
have become to us as essential as air,
necessary for life and without we cannot
live right, we are bearing down in and
bearing through past the things of our flesh
and putting these off in our preference to
pursue the things of the Spirit.
[Romans 8:5 (AMP)
5 For those who are living according to the
flesh set their minds on the things of the
flesh [which gratify the body], but those who
are living according to the Spirit, [set their
minds on] the things of the Spirit
[His will and purpose].]
There comes a place in our walk that choosing
to live as righteous ones moves from being
second nature (like our nature) to us, to
becoming our nature.
Brothers and Sisters there is much work to do
in our bearing down and pushing through,
but the result once the labour (work) is
complete is a joy as no other.
Remember the joy you experienced when
that little babe of yours came out of the
birth canal and you were introduced to them
for the fist time? Remember the wave of
emotion and love that washed over you and
how helpless you felt and in awe of this miracle?
Now consider that 100 fold, at the end of
our labour here with the Lord, our minds
have not conceived those things He has
At the end of the bearing down and pushing
through is reward, a gift, something to behold
that we have barely even imagined.
That will be JOY beyond JOY.
I want to hear those words from my Lord
"Well done good and faithful servant
Enter into the joy of your lord.’"
Fix your gaze on things above and run to win!
Remember weeping may endure for a night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.