Darrin Patrick of The Journey
Bill Hybels said, there are big L leaders. Recently he read Alendar on leadership and as he thought about the Hybels talk and the Alendar book he was struck thinking Paul was a great leader but a broken leader.
Paul was a great leader
- Weak Leader
- Sin Confessing Leader
Paul was already a leader busy putting the fun back into Pharisee
Acts 9 he is knocked off his horse and told his life will more or less suck.
Leaders are more driven by discontent
Here is why you should resign:
You will be loved one min. and heated the next
You will (given enough time) disappoint everyone
People will put you on a pedestal and then pull you down
You will never be a regular guy
You are constantly working with
- · People
- · Systems
- · Plans
Everything you work with will implode. All the systems will be obsolete in just a few months, the plans will all fail eventually and the people will all feel let down.
You will have to make 1000’s of decision and decision making leaders are all going to be lonely.
The voice in your head will say: No one really understands
Most of the people want you to leave them alone
If you are excited about leading you probably not ready….you should be a little reluctlent because of:
Great leaders follow reluctant leaders. Because great leaders see that the reluctant leader is about the mission not becoming a rock star.
Reluctance is a leader magnet
2 Cor 12:7 (esv)
7So(A) to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a](B) a thorn was given me in the flesh,(C) a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8(D) Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9But he said to me, (E) “My grace is sufficient for you, for(F) my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that(G) the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10(H) For the sake of Christ, then,(I) I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For(J) when I am weak, then I am strong.
People follow week leaders
Paul didn’t like the thorn. He prayed 3x for God to take it away. What is the thing in your life that God has given you that you what God to take away. What is the thing that causes you to need to trust God? What is the thing that keeps you humble/dependent?
Dependence is the soil that makes things grows. It grows character.
If you operate in dependence, leading out of weakness it is a pathway to character and it is a leadership magnet
When you only lead out of your strength you become controlling. When you are controlling you chase good leaders away.
Leaders who try to control things the more the leader hides. The more they hide the more they need to control. They will give themselves over to substance, unhealthy relationship,
Why are you even here…you don’t need to learn more stuff that you won’t do. A lot of you are hear because you are hiding. You travel to get away from your job and your family.
You don’t repent of issues, personality types, character flaws. You repent of sin. Christians repent of sin. If you don’t repent daily privately and publicly you need to.
1 Tm 1:8
8Now we know that(A) the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9understanding this, that the(B) law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,[a] liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to(C) sound[b] doctrine, 11in accordance with(D) the gospel of the glory of(E) the blessed God(F) with which I have been entrusted.
Don’t use the pulpit and a confessional booth and your sermon as therapy.
James 3:16 KEY VERSE
16For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Ambition (we want to make a name for our self).
It is in our hearts…we may as well start confessing it. If you are a control freak, everyone knows, you may as well start confessing it.
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