“God won’t put you in a position of leadership until you take a posture of servanthood.”- Mark Batterson
In Chapters 19 (“The Thirteenth Virtue”) and 20 (“A Hundred Years from Now”) of Chase the Lion, Mark Batterson discusses servanthood germinating seeds of faith. The author notes that many of Scripture’s greatest leaders started out as understudies.
Therefore, Mark advises not to rush to begin the next chapter of your life. Rather, ace the lessons you need to learn during your current life chapter.
As a result, when the time is right, seeds of faith germinate as we plant and water them. However, God gives the increase. In addition, He determines when, where, and how. Finally, God works in spite of us, not just because of us.
Next, Pastor Batterson encourages us to develop patience:
“Every dream, no matter how big, starts out as a seed. And like a seed, it often goes underground for a season. That’s when we get discouraged because we don’t see any physical evidence of the dream’s progress. But it has to take root before it can bear fruit.”
At the end of the day, Mark observes, we’ll only regret the time, talent, and treasure we withheld from God. And as hard as we try to run away from God, He never leaves us. God stands right behind us with arms open wide, ready to embrace us.
In conclusion, Mark closes with this benediction- adapted from and inspired by Dr. Richard Halverson, former U. S. Senate chaplain:
“When you leave this place you don’t leave the presence of God. You take the presence of God with you wherever you go.”
Today’s question: How do you maintain a posture of servanthood during your desert, land between time? Please share.
Coming Monday: the new Short Meditation, “One step away from coming home”
Tomorrow’s blog: the latest addition to the Annotated Bibliography, Chase the Lion