Tuesday, August 15, 2006

God's leadership model

From Leading with a Limp by Dan Allender:

Here is God's leadership model: he chooses fools to live foolishly in order to reveal the economy of heaven, which reverses and inverts the wisdom of this world. He calls us to brokenness, not performance; to relationships, not commotion; to grace, not success. It is no wonder that this kind of leadership is neither spoken of nor admired in our business schools or even our seminaries.

I was flipping through Bill Hull's latest book last night - Choose the Life: Exploring a Faith that Embraces Discipleship. This quote jumped out at me:

The myth of competence is the idea that we will outgrow our weaknesses, difficult sins, fears, and disappointments. We will reach a place of spiritual competence where we have it together. It's a myth because that time never comes; in fact our dependence on God grows as we become more like Jesus. Brokenness is living life in the light of that reality.

More to come from this book. Free resources on the book are available here. Thanks to Naomi for recommending this book.

I quote these because I am tired of the business model of church, as if that is the way to do it. I am tired of being made to feel incompetent, because I don't lead that way. And I am sick and tired of having it slammed down my throat. I am just not sure this is the way Jesus wants us to go or he lead. Yes, we are to lead with excellence. I think sometimes it is my sins of ommission that are more costly in leadership than my sins of commision. Dan Allender has written some very fine books. I met the man at a Pastoral Counseling conference, he is a man of integrity. I will be buying this book and reading it.

And as far as Darryl's post on Spiritual competence I give you what John Wesley wrote;

John Wesley wrote: "The process of sanctification, or Christian perfection, begins when we are justified, made right with God. The process of perfection lasts a lifetime, cleansing away all sin with God’s gradual work on the soul. For most people, perfection comes at death. For Wesley, the scriptures were clear: God can and will forgive sin and cleanse us. The love of God can grow in our souls such that we are able to love completely, loving God and one another. Although it is possible to be perfected in love, it is not possible to be without errors, which flow from our human imperfect logic. “It is as natural for a human being to mistake as to breathe,” Wesley explained.(p.56) It is also possible to be tempted, and even stray from that perfect love. At all stages of spiritual growth, even perfection, it is possible to “grieve the Holy Spirit of God” (Eph 4:30), so we always need Christ, to give us grace, atone for our mistakes, to be the root of our spiritual growth. John Wesley explains that if, in fact, all things are possible for God, then how can anyone refuse to accept the possibility of being made perfect through Christ’s grace? In other words, what have you got to lose by believing that perfection is possible? “Let not those who are alive to God oppose dedicating all our life to God.” Click this link if you want to know about John Wesley:Holiness of Heart and Life, An Invitation to Spiritual Growth,

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