Developed or Discovered

I work with leaders from the age 13-60.  Many of them want positions of authority.  Some have had a lot of leadership experience and some none at all.  The most successful leaders are not the ones that are fighting for position but those who are quick to learn and ask a lot of questions.  They are concerned with being developed.

I am 32 years old this year.  I am reviewing my 20’s and I see a them.  There were times when I tried to prove myself so I would be discovered as a great leader.  Those times were always full of conflict and insecurity.  Then there were times when I was all about being developed, not striving or proving anything.  I recognized my need for growth huge in this time.  I found mentors and leaders who could help me.  I did what they said whether it made sense or not.  I grew a ton! Also, leadership opportunity came my way. 

Jesus was God’s son and Jesus was about 30 when He started his ministry.  Why not 18 after all he is God in flesh.  Joseph was 30 when He was promoted 2nd in command of Egypt, before that he was a slave in Potiphar’s house and a prisoner in a political prison. David was about 30 when He was finally given the role of King of Israel.  All of them had been given a dream years before that. God waited until they were developed before they were given position. 

Can you imaging being Jesus at 25.  You know who you are and the mission you have been called to and you have to wait.  From age 12 – 30 we have one verse.

Luke 2:52 Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.

Weird thought isn’t it. Jesus had to grow in wisdom and favor with God.  Jesus needed developed.  Even at 30 he is saying my time hasn’t come.  Can you imagine Mary?  She has a virgin birth, and I am sure everyone believes the engaged pregnant woman saying she has not had sex.  She wants her son discovered for who He is. 

Joseph has a vision of greatness. He tell his family who you would hope supports his dreams, and he gets sold into slavery by his brothers.  If Joseph is to one day lead an Egyptian amy being in the caption of the guards house, in charge of everything in the house.  Maybe God is up to something.  If farmer boy is going to be 2nd in command of the greatest nation on earth, learning politics in a political prison doesn’t seem that far out.  As a prisoner, Joseph is put in charge of the prison. Slavery and a prisoner would not his first choice, but he was developed into who God wanted him to be. 

You might feel stuck in obscurity and that you have not been discovered yet in the dream that God has for you, but God has a tendency to test his people in the place of obscurity to see if they will be humble and be developed or just whine about their circumstances.  God has GREAT THING planned for you life, but He wants you focused on being developed so He can trust you being discovered.  Who is further in the journey that you need to have mentor you?  What job do you have you need to do your very best in?

Go be Vital!

Recklessly obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

Prepping for Christmas

Recently I’ve reflected on some of the big things I’ve prepared myself for in my life. In college I had to write and defend a senior thesis, which I started the first day of classes, and poured myself into until the day I defended it. I read over 20 books, met with a professor an hour each week to discuss its progress, went through many re-writes, and had several others give me feedback. It was a ton of work, but it all paid off. As an athlete, I’ve also learned the value of preparation. The more work I put in during the months leading up to a big race the more prepared I feel. I love getting to the finishing stretch, seeing my time is going to be right on target, and still having energy in the tank.

A question we ask ourselves too little during the holiday season is:  what do we need to do to prepare ourselves for Christmas. To prepare for Christmas means that we take steps in our lives to turn our attention from all the worldly hustle and bustle to focus on God. Jeremiah 29:13 puts it this way: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. This means that we need to truly take the time to reflect on what it is God did for us that Christmas night two millennia ago, and indeed what He continues to do for us.

What does this look like? Well, it can take a lot of different forms, but let me give you a few examples. 

  1. Spend time in deep prayer: I’m not talking about “God, bless this food, Amen.” I’m talking about blocking out 15 minutes or more to really spend time with God. Share what’s going on in your life: the good and the bad. Share what you need, and be open to how God may move you to meet the needs of others. Let God’s love pour over you, and remember how much he cares about your life and eternity. 
  2. Get into scripture: Read about Christmas and Easter in scripture. Don’t just read the words, but think about what God was up to. Here is God, the creator and sustainer of all things, chasing to leave heaven to be with us and to die for us. Are you letting the significance 
  3. Spend time in silence: Ok, we’re guys so we probably all dread such an exercise. But seriously gents, we need to spend some time in silence contemplating what God has done for us, what He is calling us to do, and we are (or are not) responding to that call in life. We need to really reflect on how our walk with God is, and be ready to make changes if we need to. 

Want to really get the most out of Christmas this year? Then put in the preparation this week. You’ll be glad you did! 

Searching For Joy

Luke 2:9New International Version (NIV)

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

Is there news that will bring joy? I don’t know about you, but the news I read and hear doesn’t bring me joy. Usually, the news is hitting at someone in politics, especially the President, or it goes to what is wrong or a disaster that has happened. News is more of a downer than joy filled.

My mind travels to the night the angels visited those ceremonially unclean shepherds. These men were men who watched over sheep whose whole purpose was to provide food, clothing, or to become someone’s sacrifice. There is not much joy here either.

Yet, God sends, not just one angel but a host of angels. He sends them to those who were considered the poor and the lowly. He did not sent the angels to the rich and mighty, but to men who tended and watched over sheep.

The angels tell these men the Messiah has come. He is born in the City of David, Bethlehem. There were to be the ones to see Jesus first. They jump to their feet and hurry to the village. There they find a man and a wife and a baby lying in a manger. This baby is the hope, the peace, the joy, and the love of the world.

My heart leaps with joy knowing we serve a God who sees us for what we are instead of what the world tries to convince us who we are not. What are you searching for today? Are you searching for joy? May all of us find joy in Jesus the King, the One Who bring true joy to every heart.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Only 9 more days until Christmas. The greatest gift you can give your spouse and family is your time. Take time to go with them to look at Christmas lights, musicals, or simply sitting down to watch, It’s a Wonderful Life. Allow your presence to be a present.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Are you one who brings good news that will bring joy to people this Christmas? Many are searching to find joy in a world that has lost its joy. Share with someone this week about how the Joy of the Lord is your strength.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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