IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Keeping the First Thing … The First Thing | POPPY SMITH


InTheSpotlight

When a woman comes to you, crushed, emotionally shredded, without hope, perhaps suicidal or very angry, what do you have to give her? Yes, perhaps the phone number of a godly counselor. But—if you “keep your roots in the water of life” says seasoned leader, Jill Briscoe, God will give you the words of compassion and wisdom you need to point her to the Source of strength, comfort, and direction.

Your role as a spiritual leader is not an easy one, but God desires to use you and make you a blessing to many. In turn, my desire and delight is to support you in the work God has called you to.

To minister to women requires more than making yourself available to serve the Lord. It requires:

  • That your life and heart are continuously being transformed through the Word
  • That you intentionally seek a Spirit-empowered ministry (not relying on personality or position)
  • ·That you consciously recognize that the resources you need to be effective come from Him

The Apostle Paul understood this. In 2 Corinthians 3-4, he spoke humbly of being used by God. He said:

  • Our competence comes from God (3:4). Paul knew he didn’t have the power to change lives.
  • It is through God’s mercy we have this ministry (4:1) Paul never forgot the wonder of this.
  • We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us (4:7). Paul was aware of his weaknesses and where his power came from

Robert Wicks, Professor of Pastoral Counseling, Loyola College, Maryland, says:

“Christian ministry is not just another performance oriented profession. Our own efforts in pastoral care must not be based on our own abilities and knowledge but instead, on a deep living faith received from God who meets us both in our moments of solitude, and in our encounters with others.”

Jesus said that if you want to bear spiritual fruit, you must abide in Him (John 15). Prayerful, joyful dependence on Jesus is the key to “keeping the first thing, the first thing” no matter what your particular role or gifts.

For Christ to flow through you to others, make every effort to stay close to Him.

What helps you make this your first priority as a leader?

 

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As a nationally and internationally recognized speaker, Poppy Smith helps audiences across the country and around the world to cultivate a more dynamic walk with God. She is a former Bible Study Fellowship teaching leader and has a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation and Direction. She has spoken across the United States, in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., as well as several countries in Africa and Asia.

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