I’m writing this post for the benefit of my fellow brethren and sistren in their 20s and 30s who have a call of God on their lives for the Lord’s work.
Last week, I was walking around my house waiting for my Internet service to kick back on and a thought struck me.
In my mind’s eye, I saw a very popular Christian leader. This is someone who several years ago the Lord laid on my heart to pray for.
In fact, I wrote down my prayer in a black Moleskin notebook.
The date was October 7, 2010.
My prayer for this person was specific. I prayed that this person wouldn’t spend years trying to reinvent the wheel (as they are doing now), but rather, that God would give them an earth-shaking revelation of The Eternal Purpose that would leave the person reeling and overturn much of what they have learned.
I prayed that they would humble themselves to learn from those who are ahead of them in this area and in the area of authentic ekklesia life (a subject that this person talks a lot about, but has never really experienced).
Till this good day, the Lord hasn’t answered my prayer for this person. However, this is the thought that struck me last week out of the blue.
This thought applies to the person I’ve prayed for as well as to every other Christian “leader” where the shoe fits.
It doesn’t impress me how devout you are.
It doesn’t impress me how sacrificial you are with your finances.
It doesn’t impress me if you’ve sold 1 million+ copies of one of your books.
It doesn’t impress me if you say, “The Holy Spirit led me to do this or that.”
It doesn’t impress me if you have thousands of young followers.
It doesn’t impress me that no one speaks bad about you. In fact, that concerns me (Luke 6:26).
What impresses me is this:
Are you humble enough to learn from those who are ahead of you in various areas of the spiritual life? Especially the ones you’re pursuing right now?
If you aren’t, then all of the above isn’t worth a toot on a tin whistle in my opinion. And at the end of the day, you’re going to find that your efforts into this new venture you’ve discovered will fail and you’ll be announcing that failure to the world.
But the problem will be something you may not realize. It wasn’t the venture itself that failed, it was your efforts to bring it about.
I’ve lost count of the people who said, “Yea, I tried such and such and it doesn’t work.”
Cough. No, you just did it the wrong way . . . you did it your way. And you didn’t really know what you were doing. You were trying to reinvent the wheel yourself. You never humbled yourself to learn from someone who has pioneered in that field.
Take heed: The Lord doesn’t bless the works of those who aren’t humble enough to be students of others. This violates a sacred principle — the cooperation, interconnectedness, and interdependence of the body of Christ.
“The hand cannot say to the foot, I have no need of thee.”
And this doesn’t just apply to your own tribe, movement, or denomination.
It applies to the whole body.