Years ago I read a little booklet called The Tyranny of the Urgent. The main idea was that often we fill our lives doing things that we feel pressured to complete. Tragically this often leaves us neglecting the things that are MOST IMPORTANT.

Nowhere is this more true in my life than in the area of taking caring for my own spiritual condition. In fact, I suspect this is true for many of us. We may have a strong internal urge to be successful as a pastor, or in some other profession. We may have a strong desire to someday hear the Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Pastors and leaders are often feel challenged  to do more to make their churches grow. And of course there are always people all around us who what help with the many needs that they are facing.

At times all of these things, and many others, may be important, but how do they match up with what Jesus tells us is MOST important? As soon as we say it that way, we begin to think of Jesus’ words to Martha in Luke 10:41-42

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  

Like Martha, we often get so busy as pastors and leaders trying to DO God’s work, that we neglect continuing to grow in our relationship with Jesus.

Here are a few principles that I have found helpful:

  • We experience God’s love at salvation, but his love is so great that he desires us to spend the rest of our lives exploring and experiencing the full extent of His love (Ephesians 3:16-19).
  • God’s primary concern for leaders is focused on who we are BECOMING as people more than what we are DOING in ministry.
  • Who we are is most profoundly shaped as we know and experience God at ever deepening levels.
  • Who we are as a follower of Christ is the basis for what we do for Christ.

(These notes were taken from a presentation given by Steve Summerell at a Vineyard Pastors gathering in Nepal, 2009)


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