In the prime of his life, Bob Buford shares of calling on Peter Drucker to help Bob get focused on spiritual growth. Buford remembers that they were making great progress as he was running through his life goals when Drucker abruptly interrupted him. “Bob, you can’t make spiritual goals for others, you can only make them for yourself.” Regularly I receive calls and emails from people who are interested in growing spiritually. It matters not their gender, age, race, or life circumstance. They simply want to connect with God and grow spiritually. Somehow, they have detected that something within them yeanrs to learn and grow. Paul writes in Ephesians 4 with the purpose of instructing the church at Ephesus on the importance of body growth, yet he also teaches that there cannot be body growth with the Body of Christ without personal growth. So how does that happen? If we use this same passage to consider how we should reorder our lives ,we discover it is about three requirements that can only come from us: commitment, investment, and application. This week in worship, we will unpack the how to of making progress in spiritual growth. Feel free to join us @mountpisgahumc or at mountpisgah.org to find out how. How do you grow spiritually? It would be interesting to hear your method, everyone has a philosophy. Be blessed!
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Mark Miller is a one of the great contributors of our day to the subject of leadership. His blog is one of the few that I survey regularly. (http://greatleadersserve.com). Rarely am I disappointed in what God has given Mark to share in his Great Leaders Serve platform. Today Mark mentioned the tension of leadership and he spoke of when we lose the balance between the skills of leadership and the character of leadership.
I begin thinking of all the fabulous leaders God has blessed me to interact with and work with over the years. Amazing people gifted in so many unique ways, but yet all called by God to a single purpose. Lay and clergy, female and male, younger and older. My mind progressed to the few that I admire most as I paused to reflect why that is, and then it hit me. In Biblical leadership, skill never trumps character.
As the faces and memories ran through my mind, I saw and remembered those whose character was forged by an intimate relationship with God and whose skills were enhanced greatly because of that character. God blesses us with skills to do great and mighty things, but character is the ingredient that separates the successful from the significant. Your Father loves you and in Christ has called to you to the significance of building God’s Kingdom here on earth. Enjoy the day and go with God! (Image from Ben Sternke blog, http://bensternke.com/2012/05/how-i-make-disciples-part-1/ )