17 Oct It’s About People
There are often times as leaders when it is easy to get sidetracked with the grind of ministry. There is work to be done and tasks to be completed, especially leading in a thriving organization that is advancing and taking territory. But what happens when the stuff of ministry becomes our focus?
Paul instructed, “Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.” (1 Timothy 6:20 NIV). So, what is it that has been entrusted to our care?
Many things have been entrusted to us a followers of Christ. Certainly, the truth of the Gospel has been entrusted to us (1 Thessalonians 2:4). We are to be His witnesses in all the world as commanded in Matthew 28:18-20. We have been entrusted with stewarding resources well (Matthew 25:14-30) and using our gifts to advance the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 12 & Ephesians 4:11-12).
As leaders I think there is additionally something very precious to God that He entrusts us with . . . people. People are the most valuable thing God will ever put into your care. Arguably the most famous verse in the Bible declares this truth, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”(John 3:!6 NIV) You know the value of something by how much someone is willing to pay for it. Jesus was the payment and that should speak loudly of the value of people.
As leaders we are told to “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:2-3 NIV)
It is easy to get so wrapped up in WHAT we are doing that we can lose sight of WHY we are doing it – to reach and serve people.