A few weeks ago, in preparing a message for Grace Community Church in which I celebrated the victories we have seen in the last year at Grace, God convicted me for my line of thinking. I was preparing to remind people of the strategy of the church, as we do at the beginning of each new fall season, to encourage them to continue giving their time and resources to further the vision. I believe God gently reminded me that apart from Him, we would have no vision and we would certainly have no success.
Clearly what has happened at our church in the last four years is bigger than any vision, strategy, staff or volunteers could produce. If we duplicated everything we are doing today elsewhere, we would have no guarantees of success without God’s intervention. No doubt about it, what we are experiencing at Grace Community Church is a God-thing! I also know that we are just a small part of all God is doing in many places around the world.
It was a needed reminder and one I wonder if other leaders, especially some of the big name leaders, need to hear. The greater the success a person has and the more accolades a leader receives, the easier it becomes to begin to take credit for that success. So, in simple terms, let me encourage you, if the shoe fits, to…
Quit taking credit for a God thing!
We can share wisdom and strategy from what we have learned. We can write blogs and books to encourage others. We can be invited to speak around the world about our successes. People can look to us as “experts” in our field, but let’s be honest as leaders. Most of us who are experiencing tremendous growths in our churches are…
- Not better leaders
- Not better speakers
- Don’t have a better strategy
Than some who are doing the same things we are doing, but not experiencing similar results.
I will continue to share my experiences. Frankly I think I have been called to, but honestly, when you look at what is happening in our church, what looks like a God-thing, quite possibly is…actually, there is no question in my mind that it is.
Have you ever been guilty of taking credit, if only in your own mind, for something that truly God has done?