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Re-envisioning Your Promised Land

Strengthening the soul of our leadership begins and ends with seeking God in the crucible of ministry. The choice to lead from our soul is a vulnerable one, because leading from a self that is being transformed by encounters with God means we are no longer in control. But as we learn to lead from that private place where God’s spirit dwells with our own, we are freed from bondage to:

·      Other’s expectations of us

·      Our desire to be perfect and look good

·      Being performance-driven

·      Frenetic busyness

·      Feeling like we must always defend ourselves against criticism

·      Carrying the burdens of leadership alone

·      Leading from our own intellect and strategies

 

Moses was freed from many of these same bondages, but ultimately did not realize his dream of entering the Promised Land. God said to him, “I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it” (Deuteronomy 34:4). You’d think Moses would have put up a fuss upon hearing this. But he had been so changed by the journey that he was at complete peace with God. He had come to the end of himself and was at God’s complete disposal. What a glorious place to be!

Have you come to the place where you have encountered God on such a level that it no longer matters if your personal “promised land” is realized? Are you confident that—no matter what happens destination-wise—your heart’s desires have already been met in God’s presence? Can you echo Paul’s declaration that to live is Christ, and to die is gain?

A leader with strength of soul continually seeks God and is able to remain faithful to God’s call upon her life until God calls her home. “When spiritual leaders have done their jobs, the people around them have encountered God and obeyed His will.”

 

Reflection Questions

If you have not yet reached the place where you no longer want to be in control, what are some steps you might take to be totally yielded to God?

How can you step aside and allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead?

 


 

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“Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership” is published by the National Women’s Department at women.ag.org, 2020. Permission granted for personal use or within a teaching setting. Do not reproduce.