God In My Hotel Room

Ever have God give you a wake up call?

I’ve had several. The last one came in early October while out of town at a minister’s conference. I was sitting at the desk in my hotel room praying and thinking about the future of my church and my family when God leaned in and said, “You can’t lead your church and family from where you are.”

“What? Why?”, I instinctively replied.

“Because you can’t lead them where you have not already gone.”

It took the breath right out of me. I leaned forward in the office chair and put my face in my hands and sighed.

As much as I didn’t want to hear it, it was the truth. Putting my head on the desk I began to quietly pray that God would do what he needed to do to get me where I needed to be.

Since that evening I’ve been on a new journey of becoming. While the verdict is already in by God’s grace that I am a new creation in Him, Jesus is stretching and molding me, so I can stretch and mold those I lead.

The truth is we can’t lead our marriages, families, life groups, teams or churches out of theory. You can only lead from where you are. If we want to lead others farther, we ourselves must first go on ahead.

Let’s cling to this verse together: “….he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philipians 1:6)

Question: Where is God asking you to go on ahead so that you can lead those around you farther?

I’d love to hear what God is doing in you. Take a moment and share here.

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