Leadership possesses the uncanny capacity to keep us busy with work that gets us off-mission.
On today’s episode we’re going to talk about three practical ways to manage what God’s given us to do so one day we can hear, “well done, good and faithful servant.”
1 Timothy 4:14 – “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message with the body of elders laid their hands on you.”
1 Timothy 6:20 – “Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care.”
2 Timothy 1:6 – “Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
2 Timothy 1:14 – “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” We don’t have to steward our assignment by ourselves or in our own strength – the Holy Spirit who lives in us will help!
We’re going to answer two questions: How does a leader steward his or her God-given assignments? Why should they care?
- Understand calling vs. assignment – Our calling is fixed. Our assignments within that calling will change.
- Embrace Jesus’ yoke vs. a self-imposed yoke, or one imposed by people
- Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
- Jesus’ yoke for us fits us perfectly. How do we tap into it?
- Becoming aware of the intersection of our passion, pain, proficiency – (Jim talk about this for a bit.)
- Understanding Jesus’ yoke allows us time for alone moments with Him.
- Understanding His yoke makes room for rest and refueling.
- Resist the temptation to compare our assignment w/ another person’s assignment
WHY: Why does this stewardship idea matter?
- The people we lead benefit greatly
- A day of reckoning looms – Jesus won’t hold us accountable for things He hasn’t assigned to us. But He will hold us accountable for what He has assigned to us.