But there is a potential weakness of which leaders must beware.
Our heads are so often in the "what's next?" that we forget the "what's now?" The "what's next" is so much bigger than the leader. There are always more people to reach. The church always needs new leaders. Our heads can be so much in that future that we are constantly seeking to lead people who don't exist. When we do, we miss what is right in front of us.
We need a good dose of God's sovereignty to remind us that what is in front of us is from God and that what is in the future is not (or at least not yet). Oh the glorious and precious faces of "what's now"! May we remember that God has sovereignly given us today's responsibilities and He provides grace for them alone.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6.34)Additional Resources
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2.10)
shepherd the flock of God that is among you, (1 Peter 5.2)
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