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Domino (Influence)

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We all have influence. Someone needs you. How can we pass on what God has done in our life to the next person?

Because last week we talked about the gifts and abilities that God has given all of us, has given you. And guess what, you are really good at something and chances are you are being paid to do something that you're good at. Maybe you've been paid in the past and now you know you're retired and then you're still hey. You're getting paid to because of all the great things you did and all those years. But people pay you a lot of money and some people, and I mean some people would are so good at what they do that people pay them literally anything to come and use their gifts and abilities in service to them, which is a credible place to be. But because you are good at something and you get paid for it, there is a tendency to keep those skills, those abilities, those experiences for yourself because you think that, and I think the same thing, right, that these things are for me and the better that I do these things for myself, the more secure my job is going to be. Right, no one else is. Why would I teach somebody else to do my job? They're just going to take my job, and that's the mindset that we have. We have these great abilities, these great skills, and it's like we hoard them and we keep them for our self. But I want to tell you today that that is not the best way to live. That's not the best decision to make, because, guess what, eventually you won't be doing that job anymore. I mean one day, right in the future, sometime in the future. There's a there's a time that will come. Then you won't be doing it anymore. And so when you're able to turn around and pass those skills onto somebody else, train somebody else in the what you do, that gives you a great reputation in the organization. It's not you're not being selfish, it's not all about you, but you have the bigger interest in mind and really we should help as many people as we can do what you do. So it helped. Why would we live this way? Why we would we do that? I think it enhances our reputation with the organization. It also, think about it, if you are investing in somebody else, bringing them along to do what you do, you've now just created a whole lot of people that respect you, that think you're pretty cool, that you just taught them all this stuff and they're following you and have your back. It also signals to people in the organization and in management, maybe over you, that you're somebody that looks out for the organization as a whole and not just yourself, and you have an interest in investing in people. And people are an organizations, a company's best or most valuable asset, the people. And so if you can invest in people, if you are good at leading people, managing people, caring about people, there was always a job for you, always a position for you. So the best way to maximize your gifts and abilities is to turn around and help somebody else do the same thing, to give it away. So it's always fun to illustrate big concepts with fun things Whoo, like doughnuts. I don't know if we had snacks this morning at Church, but I intentionally didn't bring anything because I have them, and I've got twelve levely donuts from our local Duncan donuts, and these taste good, don't they? And donuts, they represent everything I was just talking about, our influence, our skills, our abilities. And you know what, one donut. I could eat a donut right now. Two donuts, okay, three, four, now we're starting to get to the not so...

...good part. Five, six, seven, eight nine. Has Anyone ever eaten at twelve, a dozen donuts in like one sitting? No, if you have right it in the comments, you know I want to see later. I've eaten twelve donuts in one sitting. But twelve donuts, that is a lot. And you know what the value of these donuts is. It's like it's good one for me, but you know what, I can give these to somebody and now, all of a sudden I've made a connection with them, I've influenced them, I've kind of seen like hey, I see you, I know you are there and I care about you. I want to give this to you, and so, like I really do. Does anyone want this box of donuts? No takers. Oh, here we go, here, I'll bring it to you. Okay, I'll bring it to you. So here let's continue this illustration. There we go. Look, you got twelve donuts now, right, and there are some people in this room that you don't know yet, right, and so now you have an opportunity to take your twelve magical, influential donuts and bring them to somebody and say, Hey, I could, I see you. You know, here's a donut for you. Don't have to do it right now, but afterwards, afterwards, afterwards. But that's the that's the whole thing. I mean, why keep all of that good stuff to yourself when you have the opportunity to share it with other people? It's a great way to, you know, break down the wall between somebody. It's like I really want to go up to them and talk to them and say hi, but like it's awkward. Right. Well, bring them a donut and say hey, I got this for you, and then that starts the conversation. It's a great a great way to do it. It's a great way to show how you can influence other people, impact other people, connect with other people by giving away what you have. And you know what, it's not just a principle that works in life. It does. I mean, if you show up somewhere new and you bring donuts, you know you got off to the right step. But it works because that's the way God designed humans, designed organizations, to function. It's the way that God designed his mission, the church, the mission, the message of Jesus, to go all over the world see some of US sometimes ask the question, why doesn't God, if he's real, just show up at every single person's life, like, I don't know, maybe at like thirty at night, you know, wake you up out of bed and and say, okay, like I'm I'm here, I'm real, you know, believe in me, like why doesn't God just do that? Well, he doesn't choose to do that. And when he chose to send his only son, Jesus, to this earth to live a perfect life, and God said, I'm going to instead of staying here forever and going around and introducing myself to everybody, I'm going to invite twelve people to follow me, twelve people to be with me, and out of those twelve people, there was even three that were even closer around Jesus, and so Jesus had his three and his twelve. And then he told them. The God of the universe, who came here as a man, told the people that were following him, it is better for me to go away. It's like hold on, like God is here with me, standing next to me, and you're telling me it's better that you leave. Jesus, like yeah, it is. And the reason is is because when he ascended into heaven, then he sent his Holy Spirit to be inside of every single person that trusts and believes in Jesus, and the spirit inside of us is better than Jesus beside us. That's what Jesus was saying. And so it's through each follower...

...of Jesus, it's through every believer, that the spirit works and the message of Jesus gets spread all throughout the the world, all throughout history it was working this way and it multiplies the message. And so it's the method and the mission that Jesus gave his followers, and we read about this, this mission, that before Jesus ascended into heaven, he told those people that were standing with him on this mountain. He's like, I'm about to leave, and then he told them I have been given all authority and Heaven and on Earth. Therefore go or, as you go, make disciples. That's the command, that's the mission of all nations, every people group, every person. Baptize them in the name of the father, son and the Holy Spirit and teach them, these new disciples, to obey all the commands I've given in you, and be sure of this, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. And so Jesus told them this is the mission to go and to make disciples disciple is a follower of Jesus, somebody who hears Jesus and obeys Jesus, and so maybe that's you. But a disciple also then makes disciples. So a disciple is someone that comes to faith in Jesus. Their baptized, they proclaim their faith publicly and in Jesus that way, and then they have to or we want to grow in their faith, to teach them to obey everything. Their life is changed as a result of the mission that God has given them, and so one of the commands, one of the actions that a disciple does in their life is to make more disciples. That's that's built into the command that Jesus gives, and so we have to pass it on, what we have to the next person. We have to pass on what we have to the next person. And every job that you do, even the most behind the scenes job, is all about people, isn't it? Everything, everything is about people. Yes, we live for God and we glorify God, but we we everything that we do in our life. Even the people that put this stage right here is I mean there's no people involved, but yet there's people that made it and people that are standing on it, people that are using it. It's always, always about people. And so how do we influence, how do we connect with, how do we pass on what we have too more people? Well, the first step is, and it's not a trick question, but we have to identify somebody, don't we? Like there's got to be someone that we identified that we can then connect with, that we can then pour into and it is a no brainer. But it's not easy to do. And so, as an illustration or as you think about this for your life, think about it in church world, right here for a second. Is it my job as the lead pastor to do everything ministry related with the Church? Yes or no? And the answer is no. Let's try it again. Is it my job as the lead pastor to do everything for ministry in this church? No, that is the correct answer. And so what is my job? It is to help you, equip you to do what God is calling you to do, to do the work of the ministry. That is what the pastor's job, the role, is, and we read about that in Effesians chapter four. That's where Paul tells us in this letter to the Ephesians, to he says these are the gifts Christ gave to the church. The gifts are the people, the apostles, the prophets, the...

...evangelists and the pastor teachers. And Apostles are the big overseer people that that go and do things that are big and scope and and compass a lot of things. The prophets are people that speak truth into situations that need truth and they're off, you know, they just they just tell it like it is. The evangelists people that bring people like out of the world, out of the darkness, into light, into life with Jesus. And then there's the pastor teachers, the shepherds, the people that lead the local congregations and and do those things, and those are the gifts that God gives to the church and it's their responsibility, Paul says, to do everything. No, that's not what he says. Their responsibility to equip God's people to do his work and build up the Church, the body of Christ, and so everything that we do, that you do, that I do, is for the purpose of building other people up, to do the work of the ministry, to build up the body of Christ, and this will continue until we all come to such unity and our faith and knowledge of God's son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ like. This is what we need to be doing. It's helps us grow in our faith. Now my story of how I was identify those maybe interesting. We all kind of have our unique identification stories. Maybe yours is today. We'll talk about that later. But in high school I dated the girl who was a Mormon and God used this girl in my life to really challenge what I believed and why I believed that. What did the Bible say? What did it didn't say? And God put this heart in me to go and and share the the truth, to meet the care for and and love on and you know, I'll do ministry amongst in Utah, all these people that were Mormon. I mean that's where the center of the Mormon churches and that's that's where I went. But I had no idea how to get from Wilmington Delaware, which is where I grew up, to Utah for a week on a mission strip. Like I like, I didn't know. I've never done that before. I didn't I just knew that's what God wanted me to do. And so where do you go when you're nineteen years old, when you go to your youth pastor. And so I showed up and I sat across the table from him at friendly's and I said, I don't know if you knew that I was dating this girl for two years, but I feel like God's calling me to go to Utah. And I'm like, I don't no idea what I'm doing and he's like, okay, AH, will help you do that, and so the church help me raise like five hundred dollars. I got a plane ticket and I flew out to Utah and I spent a week with a guy who was a church planter in Utah and been there for like thirty years and planted six churches and had a really great week of ministry and near the end of that week it was like well, okay, well, what do I do now? I was like nineteen years old and I felt like I had accomplished everything that God wanted me to do in my life. I had done it all. This got to be something next, right, and so the missionary talked with me about, well, maybe you should come and go into full time ministry and be a pastor. And I was finishing up my my first semester at eleven and Valley College and Digital Communications and the pastor thing wasn't on my radar and he's like, well, I'll just finish your degree and then go to seminary afterwards. Okay, and I came home and then I talked with my pastors and we talked about what that would look like and kind of confirm that call on my life. And then I, you know, was really involved in the Church that I went to eleven and Valley College and at Lebanon Valley College I was the first student leader of a Bible Study Group that was there, and then that the church that...

...when I was time for me to go to seminary, the church invited me to stay on and be the associate pastor, the churches first ever associate pastor, while I took my classes online through seminary. And those are just some of the stories and some of the people that God used to identify me and how I got to be in this role. And you could probably tell similar stories of how you got to do what you got to do, you know, whether it was a boss or somebody in your life that just kind of looked at you as like I see this in you, like you could do this, like you this is an opportunity for you. They saw you, they cared about you, they invited you into that space and that's that's the way that it happens, and so I encourage you to receive it. You know, be open to it. When somebody identify something in you like that, like take it up, take it in, take advantage of the opportunity. And, you know what, you're never going to have it all figured it out, and that's okay because as you figure it out together, that's where you really grow in your faith the best and and the most. And so who who gets identified? Right? Can you just identify anybody you're thinking about, somebody in your life that maybe that's the person I should work invest in and talk with and train up. And should I? Should I do that? You know, who's a good leader? That's the good question. Well, and I got five little things for you. Somebody that has influence is a good leader. And so if you go out for dinner tonight and there's a group of you trying to make a decision, do people actually listen to you in the conversation? Do you have a say? Do you have influence into the decisions that are made? If people are following you in some way, shape or form. That's a good example or a good indicator that you might have some influence. Do you have character, or does somebody that you are reaching out to, passing on to the your position, your job? Do they have character? You know? Are they honest? Are they teachable? I think those are the probably the two biggest things of character. Like are you? Are you real, and are you willing to learn? Are you are you humble enough to say, like, I don't know everything and I'm willing to grow and to learn? Do you have, or does this person have, people skills? Do they listen well? Do they connect well with other people? Do they have drive? Right, do you have drive to make things happen, to make it to make it work, or do you have do they have intelligence? Now, I'm not talking about like Super Smart, but like, are you curious? Are you good at making right decisions, even if some of your intelligence comes from, you know, street smarts or you know, not just book smarts. Right. So those are just some of the ways, some of the people that maybe descriptions of some of you, that identify who a good leader could potentially be and the best way to develop your leadership ability is to just lead something. Go ahead, go do it and then you figure out, oh, like, I didn't know that, I gotta learn that, I got to figure this out, I got this problem, I got to overcome that problem, and you just work through it that way and see, whenever someone is identified as a leader, you identify someone in your life to pass on whatever you have to them, they're going to say, I'm not ready for that, they're going to say, I'm not sure if that is what I supposed to be doing. That's like. That's what they're going to say. And so what do you do about that? Well, a good leader invests in those they've identified. So it's not just say hey, all right, tomorrow you're doing this and then you just disappeared. Like a good leader. Yes, there's an...

...identification process, but then there is an investment that is made in the person. And so as they get into these leadership positions, they have to figure it out, they have to to solve problems, they have to figure out how to connect with people, and then it's the leaders responsibility to set the example. And that's a what Jesus did. Again, he had these twelve people that were following him in life. They were just spending time together, eating together, bowling together. I don't know if they were bowling, but you know, they were spending time together. And then that's what that's what he did. And so the apostle, Paul says it this way in First Timothy, chapter four, to his young protege, Timothy, that he was investing in. And so Paul Tells Timothy to teach these things and insist that everyone learns them. So that implies Paul Taught Timothy something right, all the stuff that he had written them in this letter previously and in their life. Teach these things and insist that everyone learned them. And don't let anyone think less of you because you're young. And let me just say no matter what age you are, you are young to someone. So don't let anyone think less of you just because of your age. Age doesn't necessarily bring leadership responsibility. Leadership comes with ability, with heart. But he says be an example to all believers, and that's the key here. In what you say, in the way you live and your love, your faith and your purity. Be An example. So a good leader invests in somebody and they set the example. It's not just tell them what to do and leave right. It's tell him what to do and show them what you're doing by the way that you live your life. You are setting the example. It's not just again, your age, you know, your experience. No, it's your example. Can you invest in other people by the example that you set, in what you say and what you do and how you live the faith that you have? And then Paul tells them some very specific things, you know, until I get their focus on reading the scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers and teaching them. And so, yeah, there's certain things that we have to do and we do do, but again, it's following that example that is set. And for me, as I think about the people that have invested in my life, like I'm just so thankful for them, from the missionary in Utah that received this guy at the airport that didn't even know what he did to it was really interesting. There's sometimes the people that invest in your life, especially in today's Day and age, are people that don't even know you. Like there's there's distance mentors. I don't know if any of you have those people, the people that you listen to on podcast and the people that you listen read their books and there's people that I mean they don't know who I am, but I know a lot who they are and it's a weird dynamic that happens. But those people are important too. And one of the one of the groups that was really cool at the beginning stages of my journey of my faith that is called the Adams Road Ministry. They are centered in Winter Garden, Florida now, but these guys they grew up in the Mormon church and they went on their mission, as good Mormons Do, and one guy became a Jesus follower, Christian on his mission while doing the Mormon stuff, and so God just like completely changed his life and his heart and he reached out to some of his buddies and they put together this Christian ministry that travels around the country of the North America and shares their testimonies, their stories, and they've put some songs together and share that as well, which is really, really cool. And they got say they became Christians...

...like a year or two before I started figuring out what was going on in that world and they're just a couple years older than me and so I reached out to them this is years ago. I think I sent them a message through my space. I don't even have my space. Is Not even around today, but I emailed them and and I said Hey, like, I'm Kevin and like I'm having these types of questions. I'm wondering, like could you know, could you help me? And they did. And you know what they're? They're in Florida. I don't see them all too often, I don't talk to them all too often, but I know that like we're in this thing of life together and they're always available whenever we would want to connect or to call or to be there, you know, to pray for each other in the different ministry and endeavors that we had, and it's really cool to see just that investment happened in I get in a strange way, you know, but they're not around here, but yet there's still that kind of community that's that same type of investment. So, of course my pastor's growing up in Delaware. My one of my first ministry things that I did was to lead a vacation Bible School for kids and there was like a hundred and fifty two two hundred kids in this vacation and Bible School. I'd never done it before. I mean I've helped, I've kind of served, you know, alongside, I've led with the kids and all this stuff. I grew up going to it, but to be the guy in charge of it, like, I've never done that before. So how do you get your leadership experience? You just do it. You just show up and say, okay, this is my thing, this is what we're going to do, and people help me obviously do it and invested in me through that. Another couple I told you about at Bible study in college. They invested in me and they're like our second parents now we call them. But one of the ways that they did that for me, and for Alicia a little bit too, but for me at the beginning, was that I went over to their house to watch a show called American idol. Every week on Wednesdays we watched American idol together and that was a way of just forming those connections and for them to be able to invest in me, and that was a really special, special thing. And then, of course, my time at North Anvil when I was there and at life church where I did my church planting residency and then of course, been planting the church there are so many people that have been helping me and investing in me and praying for me that you know this couldn't have been done without them. And so I tell you all of that and I share with you some of these personal things today because I want you to think about the people in your life that have done similar things for you, and maybe you can. And then this is like this is where it flip flops. Maybe you can do similar things in somebody else's life. And that's the challenge today. And so Paul says that this way. In First Corinthians, chapter eleven, he says, and you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ, and so remember that example. Were being a good example, setting the example. It's like I'm the example. Follow me, because what I'm doing is I'm following Jesus. You should imitate me, Paul says, just as I imitate Christ. And and the context of this verse is is these verses says, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it to the glory of God. Don't give offense to Jews or gentiles or the Church of God. I to try to please everyone and everything I do I don't just do what's best for me, I do what's best for others so that many maybe saves. He, Paul, had a mission, he had a specific focus, calling, and that is what he was living his life for. And now he's calling Timothy and he was he's calling all of everyone to follow him, to imitate him in doing this, because that in doing this he's following Jesus. And so we identify people, you know, show up at their desk with a doughnut and say I see...

...you, I identify you, I care about you. And then there's an investment that is made, there's time spent together, experience has had together, and you you do that, and then that finally comes time to hand it off, to turn it over, to see the fruit of your investment. And so we have to eventually, we have to entrust the mission and our jobs to other people. And again it's a difficult process. There's problems through, things to solve. I can't help but talk about it this morning because one of our setup crew members, Chris, showed up and the door to our facility where we hold all this stuff, the storage room, was snowed in. It was iced then and it's like, okay, well, what do you do about that right. You just sit there and oh, no, it's snowed in. No, he had the drive, he had the decision, he made it happen that he went to go and get a shovel and he cleared it out and he made it happen and set me know, we could set it all up, but it's like someone took the step, the energy, the to do it and to make it happen, and that it's just it was awesome. It's I mean, that's what it's, that's what it takes. And then, yeah, there you go. And then and then, of course, there's the team around them that also helps and invest in them. And so a good leader, a good leader provides challenging I love this quote. Stole Soul stirring kingdom opportunities for leadership training. When we stand by these developing leaders and cheer them on, when we help them solve problems and pray for them and coach them to higher levels of effectiveness, that is leadership at its best and that, again, is what Jesus tells us. Leadership is all about, is serving and trusting, helping those people's people develop. And so there's the question that came up amongst the people that were following Jesus, the disciples. They were arguing who is the greatest. You know, everyone's everyone wants to be at the top, everyone wants to be the leader, everyone wants to be the one that's most important, in charge. and Jesus told them in this world, the kings and great men Lord it over the people, yet they are called friends of the people. So that's in the world it operates. I'm in charge, listen to me and the story. But Jesus said, among you it will be different. So don't do that. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank and the leader should be like a servant. The one who is most important, though, is the one who sits at the table or the one who serves. The one who sits at the table, of course, but not here, for I am among you as one who serves, and this whole idea of servant leadership is like. I mean, it's a relatively new concept in the history of the world, but like, that is what Jesus did and that is what a good leader does, is serves one another and is there for people, you know, to invest in them and, as they entrust them with the mission and trust them to go and run with it. It's not just leaving them out in the woods, you know, it's being there to help them every step of the way. And so again, you don't feel ready to lead. Ever, you don't feel like you should be the one that's doing this and investing in people, and I certainly didn't feel that way in Utah. I had no idea what I was doing. Leading student ministries at Lebanon Valley College was also a really interesting experience. Like I was a seminary student. They let me start early. I was taking seminary classes and I was teaching this Bible study on campus and it was like, if I don't feel prepared for this, then like what is like the regular student feel when they're thrust into that leadership position as a student leader?...

It's like I love the the outside organization, the outside adults that come into a campus or a situation like that and provide some level of leadership. But it's a good example. When I had the opportunity to start a youth ministry and I took students away like in the Poconos for a winter retreat, did I know what I was doing? The first time I ever did that no, I I asked one of my pastor friends to come with me and we partnered with it together. But I have stories to tell you from that trip that we made right the next year that we just we didn't do it right the first time. When I came to Lancaster to do my church planting residency, I didn't foresee all the challenges and obstacles that would come my way. You know, I have. I've read all the books, I've listened to all the PODCASTS, I've studied as much stuff as I could possibly study about what it means to plant the church and lead a church. And so we went through some difficult stuff and some challenges and unforeseen things, and then a pandemic happened and so all the stuff that you read and all the stuff that you learn and all the stuff that you know is kind of like, well, you know, it doesn't really apply anymore. I mean it's sort of does, but so you try to figure out what that all looks like. And then, of course, launching the church a couple weeks ago in a snowstorm, it's like, all right, you know, what else do we got? But Jesus, Oh, I don't have a verse Jesus tells us in Matthew Sixteen, when he sends his disciples out to do ministry for the very first time. Jesus told them, I'm sending you out like sheep among the wolves. It's like, Jesus, do you have better encouraging words than that? You like, what do sheep or what do wolves do to sheep? Rip them apart. Yeah, eat them, and that's what we're going to be. Jesus, are you serious? And you know it's not going to be easy all the time. There's going to be problems, there's going to be things that arise, but God is with us and as a church, as people, if we're together in this and serving one another and helping one another, than we can make it through and we can really make a difference and accomplish the mission that God is going to have for us. And so, as you take leadership responsibility in church specifically, let me just tell you you're going to fail at something sometime, and so am I, but that is okay, it is expected. In fact, I would rather you'd try something and not go exactly right then not to try at all. And I mean just tell you I'm going to be there for you. No matter what. I'm going to be there for you and work with you, encourage you, challenge you, comfort you and whatever you need. So I encourage you to take that step and just try it and then we'll figure it out. And so all that to say, yes, I am identifying you as someone who could be a potential leader, a potential influencer, and I want to invest in you. I hopefully am more ready in some way, shape or form, but your fear like, Hey, I feel like I need more investment. I would love to figure out what that looks like and you know, we'd love to figure that out. I love to invest more in you. Just ask and then I'm intrusting you with whatever ministry, whatever gifts and skills that God has given you. It's like a baton. You know, I don't have a I don't have a baton to give, but if you're running a relay race and you have something in your hand and you pass it off to the next person, you're holding it, you're both holding...

...it and then they're holding it. That's the way you pass up button and it's the way that you lead. It's the way life works. Paul writes this to Timothy Again says Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you. In Christ Jesus, you have heard me, I've identified you, you're listening to my voice. You have heard me teach these things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses, these people the truth have invested into you. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people, like that's your job. Go, go run with it. I've entrusted you with it. Who will be able to pass them on to others, which is discipleship. That's the mission that God gives us, to go and make disciples. And then I just asked the question, like this was written almost two thousand years ago. Did this program this method, this this mission? Did it work? Did what Paul Tell Timothy? Did it work? Well, you're sitting here for a reason, right, and so if that's the method or the mission that work two Thousan years ago, then I think it will work today and move into the future. Now I realize we want to invite, identify, we want to invest and we want to and trust, and those are some big concepts. What does it look like as we break it down and conclude this morning? Well, break it down. What do you do? What do you do? Well, write it down, you know, like think about it, and if you can't write it down, then you probably don't know what you're doing. Write it down, then hand it off. Do it with somebody, invite somebody to come alongside of you, like an apprentice. Sometimes they call it bring bring someone alongside of you, and then let it go. Sometimes letting it go is the hardest thing to do because it's your baby, it's your thing, you created it, you invested so much effort and energy into it and now you're going to give it to somebody else to run with. Like. Sometimes letting go as the hardest part. So why do we live this way? Because we don't. We want to make a difference in people's lives. We want to accomplish the mission. It's not just all about us and me, me, me, and I ii and what I can do. And sometimes it turns into that. Sometimes you have the mission and then you have yourself for the leader, your mission and the leader. And so is the mission serving the leader? Is it all about, you know, making the leader feel good and look good and boosting you up and all this stuff, or is the leader serving the mission and helping the mission go forward or, you know, the mission could be anything in your life. You know, your organization, your your family, you know all that stuff. And so which one takes the priority? Is it all about you leading the thing and everything serves you, or is there a thing that you are serving it, and so that thing, that mission that you have in your life? If, if it is serving you, I don't think you have a big enough mission. Like if you're controlling it and manipulating it to make you do better and, you know, have a higher position, or whatever the case may be, than I don't think you have a big enough mission. I think God gives all of us huge mission to accomplish. This mission about our faith, about Jesus, about sharing the Gospel with people, about helping people grow in their faith and discover their gifts and abilities and turn around and serve other people. Like this is a great mission. This is making disciples. This is what Jesus calls us to do, and it's also true about our lives. You are involved in something important, you know how important is it is what you're doing important enough to...

...help somebody else take it even further than you could ever take it, and that's the challenge can we identify people, can we invest in them and can we entrust them so that whatever we have can be passed on and so that the mission could be advanced even further as the challenge. So let's pray. God, thank you so much for your word. Thank you that you have given us this method, this mission, and it's a big mission. And Lord, I just pray today that we would see ourselves as potential leaders, as people that have influenced with other people, because we do, whether they're in our family or in our workplace, whether they're at church or in the community, there are people that follow us, there are people that listen to us. And, Lord, I just pray that you would help us to grow in our ability to lead others and it really have a desire where it's not just all about me, not just all about I, but that, God, it would be all about you and what you would have us to do. And I ask this for for me and I ask this for our church. In Jesus name, I pray, Aimen and.

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