Isn’t it amazing how far God will lead us if we are willing?! In my previous post, we can imagine Peter launching out into the deep almost as a kind gesture. “Okay, I’ll do it, but I’m telling you we’re not going to catch anything.” He was not only willing to fail, but probably expecting it just to appease Jesus’ request and prove he knew what he was talking about. It was the obedience we discussed earlier with little faith to speak of.
I just found my notes from Hans Finzel's book - a must-read for any pastor / church leader. Just in case you're like me and already have 3-4 books going at this moment and don't really have time or energy to add another book to the list - here are the 'cliff-notes' version: (Don't miss #9 - it's my favorite!)
You’ve heard it a hundred times – if you’re not growing, you’re dying. And if this statement ever was true, it is simply no longer reality. Life IS about growth, but it’s not ALL about growth. I’m passionate about growth. I’ve written much about planning, vision, and growth. For much of my life, anything short of growth I considered failure…until few weeks ago.
You are not leading if you are not developing new leaders. Simply developing followers who flesh out your ideas and implement your vision won’t cut it. Having followers is not the defining characteristic of leadership. At its very core, leadership facilitates change. After all, if you are not leading people and teams toward change, what are you leading them to do? To be?
The Christian life is a call to faithfulness. In the secular world, consistent productivity is noticed. While some members of management may seem to "have it out for Christians," today's economic climate dictates that they not only notice but reward productivity. When your testimony improves, opportunities will present themselves. As Joseph found grace (or favor) in Potiphar's sight, he continued to serve. That is exactly what you must continue to do. Beware! There is a tendency to get comfortable, to relax, to become lazy. Put simply, be faithful! Remember, the honor of Jesus Christ is at stake every day of your life!
While many books could be written about Joseph’s life, I believe a few important “steps” were the key to his success while working in the world. These steps are something from which every Christian can learn.