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Sovereignty and Leadership
Posted on July 27, 2011

This morning while working through Psalm 119 I was struck by the tension between our responsibility and our dependence on God to obey. In verses 4 and 5 David, in his prayer, affirms that we are to diligently keep God’s precepts and in the next breath begs God to allow him to do so.

While thinking and praying through this the Lord took me to 2 Timothy 2:24 – 25. It was a poignant reminder of that same tension as we give our lives to others. There Paul lists five characteristics of the bond servant: not quarrelsome, kind, able to teach, patient, and gentle. Note that the first two and last two are character issues. Only the middle characteristic, able to teach, is a skill. One could conclude from this that the character of the bond servant is rather important. It also begs the question how one develops those required elements of character. I have some thoughts but am very interested in yours on this…

While that question strikes to the core of leadership and service to others in the gospel, the arresting part of the verse is the ending conditional statement, “if perhaps God may grant them repentance…� It is the Lord that moves those who are the recipients of the character and skill of the servant. If the Lord does not move in the hearts of those to whom we minister, they will not, cannot respond. That is both freeing and challenging. Our responsibility is to become the servants God can use, but we rest in knowing that the change of heart is dependent on God changing the hearts of those whom we serve.

PS. One of the things that we really covet is your prayer for this ministry. We send out on Mondays a weekly intercession request. If you would commit to pray for us please click here to join our intercession team.

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