There are some of you who God has called to a higher calling in areas of leadership. He’s promoting some of you to manager and supervisor roles at your job; launching you to become personal business owners, executive directors and CEOS of your own company; leading you to run for city council, commissioner and congress; he’s inspiring you to run for chapter president in your community organization or schools; anointing you to be elders and spiritual leaders in your local church or unctioning you to be a pastor and start your own ministry, etc.
Your are so humble in spirit, that it has never been about the title for you. For you, it’s always been just about getting the job done. You don’t look for accolades; you don’t need the praises of man; and you actually give God all the credit for even elevating you to such a position of leadership and authority.
However, because you do not want people to think that you are being competitive, better than them, attention seeking, controlling, bossy, “all of that”, or prideful, you are struggling with accepting the full call into your position. Under the pretense of wanting to remain humble, behind the scenes, out of the spotlight, and not wanting to ruffle feathers, cause tension, or cause people to be jealous of you or covetous of your position, you have been behaving passively and downplaying your authority and influence. You have taken on a fear to lead.
I am encouraged to share with you: DO NOT BE ASHAMED TO OPERATE IN YOUR POSITION. DO NOT LET INTIMIDATION KEEP YOU FROM WALKING BOLDLY IN YOUR GOD GIVEN AUTHORITY. For God has tested your heart and tried you with fire and you have come forth as pure gold. People don’t know the hell, high waters and low valleys you’ve gone through to get to this place in your life. They didn’t see how you were loyal in the back of the wilderness tending to sheep before you were anointed to be king over a nation. They didn’t see how you were rejected by your family, sold into slavery, forced to serve in Potiphar’s house, lied on and slandered, thrown into prison, and forgotten about for years before you eventually rose up and became second in command of all of Egypt. They didn’t see how you were crushed like an olive in order to be transformed into anointing oil. They see your glory but don’t know your story.
Know this: You are favored and graced by God to walk in power and authority at whatever level he’s placed you in. And yes, he has placed you in that position. God is with you. Your life is blessed. The work of your hands is blessed. Accept the raise, accept the promotion, accept the business offer, accept the call to ministry, accept the unmerited favor of God. And don’t apologize for it! It may not be fair to others, but it’s yours!
Like a student who has spent 8 years in school to get their doctorate degree, wear your designation of a doctor proudly, with all the honors, rights and responsibilities belonging thereto! Like a lion in the jungle, take dominion within the territory, arena or sphere of your influence. It’s your inheritance as a believer and kingdom kid. It’s possible to be humble and bold at the same time. It’s okay to boast, as long as it’s in the Lord and brings him glory. Don’t let other insecure people cause you to mistake your confidence for cockiness.
Paul was confident and assured of his calling. In the beginning of his letters to the churches in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, Colosse, etc. he started off by saying, “I am Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God…” Know who you are! Know your role! Know who has called you and what He has called you to! For you were called on purpose for purpose!
2 Corinthians 10:8
I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.
1 Peter 5:5-6
“In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you, dress yourselves in humility as you relate to one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”LikeCommentShare