Leadership has been the theme of my reading, thinking, praying, and discussions lately.
Something I’ve noticed in my bible reading lately is a common thread between all of these great leaders we look to, and that commonality is risk. Throughout the old Testament and the New you see God’s chosen leaders taking risks and acting in ways that are counter-culture… even counter church-culture.
I don’t believe that any of the great biblical leaders had a more personal or authentic encounter with God than the encounters we have today, so I find it hard to believe that they wouldn’t have faced within themselves, and the people around them, the same doubts and frustrations that we feel and face when God asks us to risk everything to follow Him.
What would your most trusted friends say to you if you went to them and told them that God had told you to build an Ark to preserve life on earth because a giant flood was coming? How about if you told them that after He had promised that you would be the father of nations, He’d asked you to kill your own child? What if you had to go to your pastor and tell him God had told you to marry a prostitute, or that His will was for you to lead a nation out of captivity to the land that He’d promised you. Would your siblings question you if you told them that you dreamed that you were a king and that they would bow down to you? Would your church family be scandalized if God told you to lie with a man who was not your husband yet, or how about if you became pregnant with God’s own child? Need I go on?
I hope that I have the courage to follow where He leads against all odds, and all doubts, and all of those who are well-meaning, but afraid. I hope that I am always so desperate to be near to God that I’m able to risk everything in order to point people towards his scandalous love and grace. After all, can it really be a risk? If He is for me, than who can be against me?