Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 8, 2017
When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:26-27
Investing in potential leaders is risky. Youthful naiveté may in the short term produce sideways energy instead of productive outcomes, but unless we forget—we once had to redo work until it was done right—even today as a seasoned leader, we still have room for improvement. Though taking the risk of pouring into potential leaders may prove a waste of time, as courageous leaders we must be hopeful in the positive vision of gifted, emerging leaders exceeding our leadership.
Before the other disciples discerned what was up, Barnabas believed the new believer’s story of encountering the Lord on the road to Damascus and receiving His call to fearlessly preach Jesus. What often is unconventional to man’s way of accomplishing God’s will, is our heavenly Father’s method to assure dependence on Him and recognition of His glory and power. Barnabas was hopeful in the Holy Spirit teaching and growing Paul into God’s man. He vouched for him! Paul, one day many years later, returned the favor by investing in Timothy’s leadership:
“For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel” (Philippians 2:21-22).
What potential leader needs your hopeful sponsorship and mentorship? Others may seem skeptical of your heart to develop the heart, mind and skills of a younger man or woman, but as a hopeful leader take a risk and invest in an unproven leader. An emerging leader may have more energy than sense, but you can help them harness their enthusiasm in a way that channels their efforts for Christ. Help them learn how to ask the right questions before they move forward. Questions like: Is this the best timing? Or, who else on the team do I need to gain their support?
Draw your positive vision of the future from your heavenly Father’s heart. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you through difficulties toward the prize of executing God’s will. Keep your eyes on Jesus, full of faith, for He is hopeful and helpful in you remembering “why” you lead—for the Lord’s pleasure and not your own. Hope for life’s journey is found in Jesus for Jesus with Jesus. Look ahead for your anchor of hope in Christ so you can endure and inspire others to find hope in God.
“We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).
PrayerHeavenly Father, fill me with the hope of heaven that I may live today filled with the hope of your coming kingdom. in Jesus name, Amen.
ApplicationWho can you invest in with a hopeful plan and future?
Related ReadingPsalm 71:5, 78:7; Luke 14:14; John 11:24-25; Acts 2:31; Philippians 3:20-21
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