My friends, there is a current calling out from heaven for reform. A call to walk away from the things that entrap lives and cause them to remain stagnate, competitive, bound and locked into what others say “liberty” in Christ is.
Change …. Is…. Coming…..
Many current leaders of church and church “annexed” organizations will sadly be reduced to public exposure for controlling and abusing the freedom of believers through self-promoted and twisted messages of “submission” and being under “oversight.”
Please, hear my heart.
Grand productions, self-promoting embellished titles and flashy advertising to attract new followers will become a greater downfall to many and bigger than they ever imagined.
If you NEED promotion, you are a dangerous person, and will trample under anyone who questions your demanding and condescending authority, and well honed salesman-like “power nuggets.”
The changes in the Body of Christ have been in motion in a swift yet steady “under ground” current, yet many still refuse to walk a simpler and more narrow path which has less glitter or gain.
Nonetheless, the changes and the reformation that is taking place will prepare the Fathers and Mothers and the humble mentors who will once again teach “bedrock truths” in humility and sincerity, and will see the results in the multiplication of disciples, not just simply followers.
Here is how Jesus did it.
How HE trained Disciples.
- He shared the rough and tumble of everyday life with them (Luke 8:1-3).
- He asked them questions to show them what they needed to learn (Matthew 16:13-20).
- He answered their questions (Matthew 17:19-20).
- He demonstrated the practical skills they needed to know (Luke 11:1-3).
- He used teachable moments.
Here’s an example!
The occasion in Matthew 20 when James and John persuaded their mother to approach Jesus about letting them sit next to him in his Kingdom. Jesus used the opportunity to compare the world’s style of leadership with his Kingdom way of leading.
(You know how leadership is done in the world–rulers lord over those under them. But with you it is to be different. If you want to lead then become a servant and slave.)
He gave them assignments and had them report back, using their reports to bring fresh insight and teaching (Luke 10).
Jesus didn’t give his disciples a body of knowledge, but the experience of living with him.
It’s a wise person who sees change coming and then adjusts accordingly with wisdom and a humble heart.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.