Years ago, a sweet lady in our church handed me a small slip of file to encourage me on mine journey. I unravelled it and also it read:

God doesn’t contact the qualified; the qualifies the called.

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I’m not sure who stated it originally, yet I’ve heard and repeated it plenty of times since.

And then, together I was re-reading J. Oswald Sanders’ standard work on Spiritual Leadership, ns stumbled across this paragraph…

“Often truly authoritative leadership drops on someone that years earlier committed themselves to practice the discipline of seeking very first the kingdom that God. Then, together that human being matures, God confers a management role, and the spirit of God walk to work-related through him. As soon as God’s looking eye find a human being qualified come lead, God anoints that person with the divine Spirit and also calls that or her to a distinct ministry.”

I think the difference we sometimes miss out on is that God welcomes everyone into his family, totally by grace and also on the communication of the blood that his Son, Jesus, without respect to any qualification in us. We’re every welcome—every last broken one that us.

But as soon as it comes to leadership, God bestows influence and also authority top top those who have actually proven to be faithful stewards of smaller sized responsibilities.

In other words, leaders need to be prepared.

But what does that mean? What type of preparation is a pre-requisite come being offered mightily by God?

It’s not simply a issue of education—plenty that men and women with no formal education and learning have changed the world.It’s not simply a matter of time—the Apostle Paul taught days after ~ his counter (though that did then walk to Arabia for 3 years of examine under Jesus).It’s not simply a matter of position—leadership is influence, through or without a title.

It’s a matter of having a heart fully surrendered to God.

Notice what Sanders clues to together the authorize of a human ready because that God’s complete anointing as a leader— “someone who years earlier dedicated themselves to practice the technique of seeking very first the kingdom the God.”

God raises up and blesses and also anoints those for great impact ~ above the people those who have actually sought the kingdom that God first and foremost in their lives.

I’ve been guilty, in ~ times, of structure my own tiny kingdom. There is no realizing it, a couple of steps in the wrong direction spiritually areas us at the center of our own universe. There, our target becomes structure a life all around our comfort and accomplishments.

But once we realize and also acknowledge that King Jesus alone belongs on the throne and also as loyal subjects, our element objective must become the ushering in of the Kingdom that Jesus all about us.

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If you want to lead, look for more of Jesus. And seek more for Jesus—more souls in need of that and much more glory because that him.

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Brandon Cox

Brandon Cox has to be a pastor for twenty years in churches of every size and also context. After ~ serving as a pastor at Saddleback Church, he and his mam Angie planted grace Hills Church in Northwest Arkansas. Brandon still serves in an editorial role with and Purpose Driven. He also blogs, writes, and coaches leaders and also pastors.