Many congregations will come together on Sunday, spend an hour or two together, walk out the doors of their worship facility and will have never known the presence of God to be in that place. The reason that this takes place is simple. Someone else is in charge and it was not Jesus.
There will be many churches that will gather together Sunday after Sunday and some dominating personality in the church or someone who holds the purse strings of the fellowship will be shown more respect and more fear than the God of the Universe. Jesus is not in charge in those places.
There will be hundreds maybe even thousands of churches that will sing hymns and say prayers on any given Sunday but the idea of allowing Jesus to be in charge will never cross their minds. After all, it was their great-grand parents or their uncles and aunts that started this church. Why give Jesus the credit.
This was not the case with the New Testament Church at Ephesus! The Apostle Paul, who wrote the New Testament letter to the church at Ephesus, said this about some early church members:
“……ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Ephesians 1:15-16) Read more
In my consulting work, I come across many leaders who genuinely find it difficult to delegate effectively. Sometimes people assume that a lack of delegation by a leader is a power or control thing. Perhaps in some cases it is, but in the most cases there are other things that hold people back from delegating.
It’s Easier If I Do It Myself
Sometimes leaders feel that it is a lot easier and quicker if they jump in and do the work themselves. We all know that it is more effective to teach a whole village to fish rather than turn up and just deliver fish to them. However, teaching a whole village to fish is a time-consuming and potentially challenging goal. Delegation requires effort and planning but is worth it in the long run. Read more
Have you ever had someone tell you how much you favor one of your parents? How about your spiritual life? Do you possess the character of God? Do people see in your behavior and actions your spiritual Father? The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the church at Ephesus. In the first chapter of his epistle to the Ephesian church he wrote:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Read more