Thursday, June 18, 2009

Chips and Axes: Are You In Possession?

Wednesday I wrote a post about the danger of allowing your passions to carry you along in leadership without first submitting to the Divine process of "proofing." The logical question to ask then is "do I have a chip on my shoulder and an axe to grind and how do I recognize them?"

It is painfully simple to see if you know what you are looking for. A man or woman who has been through this Divine process is willing to lay aside the passion in their heart if God asks. She is more fascinated with being with her Father than she is with working for Him. He is willing to cooperate with whatever authority is in his life even if it appears his passion will not take top priority. But when your pet passion, be it ending poverty, caring for the elderly, pastoring a megachurch or foreign missions, is the driving force in your life, you had better check your shoulder and your hands because you are most likely armed and dangerous and of precious little use to God. He chooses yielded vessels. He chooses vessels that do NOT dictate to Him the what and the how but instead are willing to completely die to the very passion that He instilled in them.

For me, it was eighteen years before He gave me permission to publically speak and write about the passion of my heart. And I thank God for the Divine process for it is that alone that makes the leader ready for the heat that inevitably accompanies leadership and the living out of the Holy discontent that keeps you awake at night. Leader, check your shoulder, check your hands and embrace the process.

2 comments:

Rachel June 19, 2009 at 5:08 PM  
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Rachel June 19, 2009 at 5:09 PM  

The Thursday post took me by surprise, I kind of like it!

This was a really insightful post. Passion is really so powerful, isn't it? It has the power to both create and destroy.
When I am feeling particulary impassioned, I find myself returning to 1 Corinthians 13. It reminds me of the essential truth: that faith, hope, and love will remain long after my desires have faded away or burned to bits. It encourages me to pray for His kingdom come and for the wisdom and strength to pursue love above all things.