Leadership Issues: Calling Part 4
God’s Call and Empowerment-Jeremiah 1:4-10
God’s call and His empowerment always match. When God calls you to do something, He always provides the empowerment to fulfill the calling.
If God calls you, heed the call. He will also give you the resources to accomplish the work. But if He hasn’t called You, don’t conjure up some self-appointment. If He doesn’t send you, you will not ultimately succeed. Note the circumstances of God’s call on Jeremiah’s life:
God’s call, whether from birth or otherwise, eventually gets confirmed when God endorses a person’s vocation. They feel they can do nothing else.
Necessity in Tough Times-Ezekiel 2:1-10
God’s call didn’t depend on the people’s response. Ezekiel had to stand strong even when the people ignored him.
God gave no room for Ezekiel to change or add to the message he was to give. Ezekiel had to stay honest and true to those words.
This presents a challenge to leaders. What role does God play and what role do we play? Are leaders never permitted to speak from their own mind and emotions? Consider the roles of both God and people:
|God’s Role||The Human Role|
|1. He calls us into service.||1. People confirm our call.|
|2. He gives us gifts and graces.||2. People cooperate with their gifts.|
|3. He provides words of direction.||3. We use our mind and emotions.|
|4. He supplies a compelling fire inside us.||4. Others recognize and respect the fire.|
|5. He controls the outcome.||5. We are to be faithful to the end.|
Join me next time for Leadership Issues: Calling Part 5