June 13, 2013
Danny Mequet, Small Groups Pastor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Growing up, the sound of the ice cream truck and no school meant the official start of summer vacation! It isn’t the same now as an adult, but the craziness of summertime can still creep in. Somehow routine evaporates in the summer heat and instead of living life focused on God’s purpose, I succumb to reaction mode.
Remember those New Year’s goals? If you’re like me, you probably set some goals this January. The beginning of summer is the perfect time to review and renew our goals! The apostle Paul understood the importance of being focused on the eternal prize.
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
Successful leaders remain focused on their God-given goals and live out the plan to reach them.
1. Listen: Pay attention with intention
Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. “Here I am. Did you call me?” 1 Samuel 3:7-8 NLT
Samuel had never heard from God but responded to the call because it was a familiar voice. It’s important to recognize and listen to God’s voice, to make Him first in your life, and obey when He calls.
2. Obey: Do what God tells you to do
Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed. 1 Samuel 3:8-9
When God speaks you need to obey, even if you do not understand the “why” behind what God is speaking.
3. Vision: Leaders bring others on the journey
So Samuel told Eli everything; he didn’t hold anything back. “It is the Lord’s will,” Eli replied. “Let him do what he thinks best.” 1 Samuel 3:18
Clearly communicate your vision with key people in your life so they will follow you and pursue God.
Think about it…
Who am I leading to God?
How am I doing?
Am I equipped with the right tools?
Ask God to direct and equip you for your God-given goals. Pray for those He wants you to bring along on the journey.