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EVER FEEL INADEQUATE AS A LEADER?

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”Why do I keep doing that? I’m meant to be a Christian!”

We all feel a definite sense of inadequacy when we mess up, especially those in positions of leadership. Many questions and doubts go through your head. One of the biggest challenges we have to face, especially as leaders of other people, is to still feel adequate and confident even when we mess up. Sometimes we may even mess up worse than those we are leading, yet how can we remain confident in our position of leadership? One of the biggest lessons I have learnt recently is:

Success is not based on what we DON’T do, but is based on what we DO do!

Our self-control to not sin and to remain righteous does not grant authority to lead others. But our desire and ability to grow ourselves and other people does!

Just look at the life of Peter for a perfect example. Peter was the disciple that obviously messed up the most. This guy was off his head! At times he was aggressive, very rude, made rash statements and managed to deny the one he called Christ 3 times. He even lopped off some poor guys ear for goodness sake!

Yet with all that, Christ still made Peter the leader of the 12! Why? Because alongside all of his weaknesses and failings, he had greater strength, faith, tenacity and love than all the others. Peter’s leadership was based on his abundance of strength, not his lack of weaknesses.

Manage weakness, grow strength

If you think about it though, if leadership were granted for managing weaknesses, you wouldn’t be able to lead people very far. Just until they stopped messing up! Then what? Authority to lead is given because of the ability to grow strengths, which is a never-ending process for everyone. That’s why God forgets all sins and counts none against them, yet remembers all the good we do and stores them up as treasures in heaven.

Managing weakness stops at the line of righteous living, yet growing strengths goes on forever!

1 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”
2 Corinthians 4:7 ”But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us”

Really we are just jars of clay, broken, cracked and weak. It is Christ’s strength within us that we build our life on. As if he is the concrete inside. We need to be able to see our weaknesses, so that we know that it is not us succeeding but rather Christ through us. Your weakness reminds you “IT IS NOT ME, BUT JUST GOD!”

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