Innocence to Experience
A Kingdom Leader is fully aware of his/her need to grow. But spiritual growth takes a leader to places and experiences that are difficult and sometimes confusing. Our gap between knowledge and understanding is very daunting!
Comprehending an experience with Jesus requires us to slow down and consider what he has done and is doing. What is really going on from God’s vantage point?
When is the last time you took time to evaluate the truth that God wants you to grasp? Are you able to see the connection between your daily life and God’s message to you? Have you recognized that God very often sends someone on your path to enlighten you? Is your mind closed to the special messages Jesus has for you?
The disciples struggled to accept the truth that Jesus shared. He said that he would die and rise from the dead. This did not sink into their minds and hearts. It did not fit their religious training and knowledge of the future Messiah.
Luke 9 (NIV) 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master,s it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
Unable to comprehend the words Jesus shared he took them a step further and invited them to a discussion in heaven. It was an experience they could not forget! Yet, their innocent thinking was stretched far beyond any limits they understood.
What about you? Is your gap between knowledge of Jesus and understanding wide? Do you grasp his personal messages? Or is the gap an abyss? Does God the father need to say directly to you. . . listen to him?
Consider your leadership from His perspective today. We are praying for you as we send this thought.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
s See Lk 5:5
The New International Version. (2011). (Lk 9:33). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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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.