Book: Proverbs 12
“Better to be an ordinary person with a servant than to be self-important but have no food.”
As I work with leaders helping them and their organizations advance and maximize their potential in the Kingdom of God I have noticed a challenge many of them face and that is acknowledging that they need help and being willing to receive the needed help. Many leaders act as though they are indispensable and only they can do the work they do. Their sense of control drives them to directly oversee everything and need to know everything. This is a big limiting factor in their leadership growth and the growth of the organization they serve. The result is that the organization misses out on so many opportunities to expand its work and fulfill its mandate. Although none would want to equate this to self-importance or even a form of arrogance, it often is the case.
The bottom line is that if we want to reach the potential God desires for us we must first drop our self-important drive, understand who we are in Christ, and allow Him to do through us what He desires. We must grab on to 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” God’s power for Kingdom builders is not about fear of failure but rather freedom to succeed! Living by God’s power results in miracles taking place, lives brought into the Kingdom and great things happening that could not happen without ‘God showing up.’ Evidence of God’s power results in glory to Him. Those involved know that they can’t claim the results because of their own ability or power. Self-importance gives way to gratitude to the King of the Kingdom!
Letting go of self-importance and realizing it is not about you but all about Him is a big step. This step opens the door into His power and His freedom. You then start to focus on how the Kings sees things, what He is doing, and where He wants you to activate His power. Much joy comes through this.
Take time to talk with the Lord asking Him if there are areas that you need to, let go of and live in His power. Are there areas where you are focused on self-importance, trying to control and hold tightly onto instead of experiencing the joy of living by His power? Then repent of those things and receive by faith, His power!