The lesson that challenged me most was Saul. So often I find myself falling victim to society and trying to keep up with the pressures of “this Earth”. For example, when I look at my house all I see is “I want new windows”, “the kitchen is out of date”, “our carpet is full of stains”. When in actuality, I should be giving thanks to God that He has provided a home for my family to live and make memories is. As as I get caught up in my “wants”, I take power into my own hands. If I work hard and make more money, then I can afford upgrades to my house. Or, If I sacrifice time with my children, then I can complete home projects on my home. Similarily, Saul got blinded by his own “wants” of wanted to be liked by his people instead of fearing God and ruling to His authority. Ultimately, Saul “died for his unfaithfulness” 1 Chron. 10 v: 13. I am challenged by Saul and to not repeat his same mistakes. Even though my imediate consequence might not be death, I will suffer from missing out on God’s teachings and blessings. My blinders and worldy wants will inhibit me from experiencing God’s ultimate freedom and delight.
I think the one that challenges me the most is #2, the possibility of becoming irrelevant. Questions I try to ask myself routinely are things like: “Am I willing to do what I ask others to do?” or “Is my action real or does it come from a high and lofty place that is fake?” or “Am I showing others how to live a life that Christ would be honored by?” If I am willing to live right and real before others, I may inspire others to follow a similar path in ministry. If not, what will happen is the death of all of it. I want people to be inspired to get involved, to see Christians grow, and ultimately to see the unsaved come to Christ!
Solomon. He was wise because he asked God to be. He made wrong choices and bad decisions because he was a human. I learn from this, that being human does not excuse my sin nor validate my errored ways. It challenges me to remain focused on God’s goodness and my desire to please Him in all I do and think. It is in Him I breath and move and have my being, and I oath to make a joyful noise telling all of His love. I seek not to operate with the wisdom God equips me with in vain, but rather in integrity of the Holy Spirit.
Lesson#3 Really challenges me to help make things better. And lead with God’s vision.
Lesson #3, When you have God’s heart, you can achieve amazing things.
One of the qualities of good leadership is that you must lead with God’s heart. The example quoted in the lesson is King David because he is a man after God’s own heart.
As a church leader and a corporate leader, sometimes we must make a difficult decision affecting others. We must pray for the difficult decision and let God guide us to make the optimum decision. We should inspire our brothers and sisters, especially during the pandemic, and don’t let them lose hope despite the difficult situation.
Lesson 1: I realize that God places us in situations that sometimes can be hard to deal with, like in years past I’ve been in job positions where God wanted to use me to win those around me to Him. Sometimes it’s not so apparent until you’re out of the situation. There’s been times that I’ve become angered, because God placed me in a job that I didn’t want to be in. It can be very challenging, but I need to put my faith in God, that He’ll pull me through, which He always does.