A Kingdom Leader can often find himself in a tight spot. Balaam had a donkey that reached that point and just sat down. Balaam beat his donkey for the third time until God opened the mouth of the animal to speak. Surprisingly Balaam talks back. His anger is so overwhelming that he doesn’t see the miracle directly in front of him. His desire to get money washed over his rational thinking and he lost sight of the most important issues requested by God. God finally opens his eyes so he could also see the angel poised to kill him.
The normal troubles of leadership can put you in a place where you see no way out. Some will give up and abandon their position while others will fight no matter what the odds. At that time the motives of your heart will become visible. What is the intention of your heart? Are you more concerned about your call than His Kingdom? Are you more anxious to accomplish the goals of your heart than His clearly defined directions? Do you have eyes to see Him in the midst of your activity? Expect to be the placed in a position that will press you like grapes.
Matthew 7:14 (NIV)
14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Jesus uses the same Greek word for narrow in the above verse that is also used by Paul to depict the hard pressure of leadership in 2 Corinthians 4:8. Narrow is the way. Normal troubles make the path of following Christ difficult. Our impure motives can prevent us from seeing ourselves and God’s clear guidance.
Pray for our hearts as we pray for yours. Keep your eyes on Him.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Matthew 7:14
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.