Leadership Lesson 4: Risk Taking

Risk Taking

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us… ~ Ephesians 3:20

While reading Joshua, I have also been reading The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. The book is very challenging and has been life changing for me. He says, “The greatest chapters in history always begin with risk, and the same is true with chapters in your life. If you are unwilling to risk your reputation you will never build a boat like Noah nor get out... of the boat like Peter!” Connecting the dots for us, I observed that Joshua thought a wall would come down by walking around it, and it did! Wow!

So leader, as you lead your organization let me ask a couple of questions:
What are you praying for so big that only God can do it?
What one dream is so big that everyone will know that only God will be glorified?
Reading Batterson’s book reminds me of the God multiplier.
5+2=7 right? No! 5+2= 5000 fed with a remainder of 12 baskets -- love that multiplier!!
(Matthew 14:13-21)

So what are you asking God for this day?
A new church building to meet needs in your community?
A new ministry idea?
5000 students for a university?
35 students for your Sunday school class?
Salvation for a key leader?

See, I believe God loves to meet needs that reach communities. So don’t be afraid to ask. A spiritually mature person prays not for self-focused needs as much as community and world-focused needs. Remember the God multiplier 5 +2= 5000 r12.

Love you all,
President Smith