Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to the people’s murmuring and complaining against you. (Numbers 17:5)
Relate: Three thousand four hundred eighty-six. That is the number of American churches in my denomination who did not report a single conversion in the year 2014. That is the number of American churches that are wasting their member’s time and money. That is the number of ministers who need to retire or be sacked. They are in the wrong profession. Am I being too harsh?
I firmly believe that the mark of a leader is that they actually lead people. Maybe that is too demanding but if someone has a title, or the position, or the “authority” to be a leader then they should take stock. Look around. If nobody is following you, I don’t care what your title is or where you are getting your salary, you aren’t leading. If a pastor’s primary is to lead people to Jesus, yet nobody is coming to Jesus, then that tells me one of two things: either they are not equipped to be a leader, or they are leading people in the wrong direction. Am I being too harsh?
Most churches have two services each week. That is over one hundred services each year not counting other ministries. Do you mean to tell me that with over one hundred opportunities not a single person made the decision to become a follower of Christ? What are they preaching? It certainly isn’t the gospel, because the Holy Spirit can break through even the poorest presentation. It isn’t scripture because God’s word will not return void. Although you might not win somebody every time, if you have failed one hundred consecutive times… I’m sorry, shut your doors. The people attending your club need to get out and find themselves a real church to go to.
React: When Moses and Aaron’s leadership was brought into question, God confirmed it with growth. He sealed it with new life. When Korah attempted a coup, God killed them. When Dathan and Abiram passive aggressively rejected Moses’ leadership they died as well. When the people rebelled a plague broke out. Then God said, I will settle this once and for all. Each tribe was to appoint a representative. Each was to leave their staff, the symbol of their leadership, in the Tabernacle. God caused Aaron’s staff to bud. New life came from dead wood.
We are not responsible to create new life. That is God’s job, but it is also His confirmation that we are walking in His calling. If there is no growth, if there is no new life springing up, then perhaps it is time we step aside and let the one God has called to step up. Maybe we are called to lead in some other way or at some other time. As long as we insist on masquerading around in the wrong position, we are wasting our own time as well as everyone else’s.
You have called us to ask the Lord of the Harvest to raise up workers. God, more than ever before we need people in the harvest field. We are desperate to reap the many, many people who who need to hear of You. What is worse, there are people loitering about in the fields calling themselves foremen. I pray that You would confirm those You have called with growth and new life. I pray also that You would give those You have not the wisdom and courage to step out of the way so that the right person would be in the right place at the right time. The world is too desperate for us to be wasting our time and money in doing anything besides pointing them to You.