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The members of an orchestra don’t come together by taking their cues from each other, they do so by fixing their eyes on a singular person and responding to the promptings of that Conductor. And so it is with the Body of Christ. We will not achieve genuine unity through increased dialogue or simple cooperation. It will only happen when we collectively succumb to the guidance of the One, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

 

When we allow someone to provoke us to say or do something we wouldn’t normally, we unwittingly place them in a position of leadership, and submit ourselves to their authority.

Beware of assigning a mere man to a role God has reserved for Himself (1 Sam.8). Likewise, beware of becoming the man who assumes a role God has written for Himself (1 Sam. 13).

Do not be deceived.

A leader can look the part (1 Sam. 9:2),

have a calling (1 Sam. 9:16-17),

be anointed (1 Sam. 10:1),

have an established resume (1 Sam.13:1),

and still veer wildly off course (1 Sam. 13:13-14).

All it takes is fixing one’s eyes on the wrong thing.

Never forget that it is by their fruit that you shall know them (Matt. 7:15-17).

 

Insecurity

 

It drives us to exaggerate our claims, while hiding our failures

It highlights the painful moments, while syphoning off the blessings

It causes us to interpret even the simplest of questions as an attack

It conjures images of inevitable rejection

 

Insecurity

 

It compels us to manipulate in the fear our needs will go unmet

It keeps us wrestling for a seat that already had our name on it

It pushes us to be someone we’re not in the belief that no one could love us as we truly are

It makes us feel as though people are judging us when we’re actually judging ourselves

 

Insecurity

 

It encourages us to wonder who the author was thinking of when he wrote this

 

If Jesus, a man of perfect faith, who was one with the Father, refused to act without specific guidance from above (John 5:19), how much more should we be reliant on the direction of His in-dwelling Spirit. For those who would point to the Bible as our sole source for divine guidance, consider that Jesus was the Word (John 1:1-14).

Make no mistake, there is a world of difference between the pursuit of happiness and the pursuit of God. One is rooted in the temporal, while the other is rooted in the eternal.  One is about gaining your life, while the other is about losing it.  One is centered on edifying self, while the other is centered on dying to self.  One is endlessly elusive, while the other comes with the promise that if you seek, you will find.