One Sunday a long time ago, in the middle of the third point of my sermon, I lost my nerve. On Friday and Saturday doubts about the usefulness of the message had muttered darkly in the back of my mind, but I’d pushed ahead, ever the good soldier. But Sunday at about 11:40 a.m. my faith fled the field!
I doubt our people have any idea how much faith our calling requires. They might assume we never doubt or tire of serving God. But I don’t think they can imagine how often we fall back on faith because we don’t know what else to do.
The familiar part of leadership is where we gather information, talk to the stakeholders, check the calendar and the budget, and set the course. The other more important step is waiting quietly and patiently before the Lord, humbly searching our own heart for any self-sufficiency that would throw us off course.
When Jesus appeared incognito to Cleopas and his fellow disciple on the Emmaus road they couldn’t make sense of Jesus’ death or the angels’ proclamation of his resurrection. Your people may be further down the road with Jesus than those two, but God put you among them, Bible in hand, to serve in Jesus’ stead.