Are you ever looking for the right “guy?” Those experts in their field to consult, advise, or even potentially hire on your staff? Of the many qualifications that we look for in the church world, this one would be at the top of the list. We are looking for the person (either to join our staff or consult) that can help us to get to the next level. We love looking for this person! It is almost like looking for a hidden treasure. Yes!!! Finally, he is going to rescue us from all of our troubles. He is the solution to all our church problems. He knows everything!
By now, you have figured that there is no such man. Please do not mistake that there truly are men and women who do know what they are doing and have certainly become experts in their particular field. I remember when a few years ago, we hired consultants to assist us in our church stewardship and building program. I must say that it was well worth our investment. These guys have been down this road before; they knew what they were doing. However, I am challenging church leaders to look up before we look out. In our humanity, we can easily try to figure things out, find the solution, hire the right person, or bring in best consultants, before we even consult with The One who can truly help us the most. You want an expert in His field. You want Someone Who knows what He is doing? No need to hire Him, He will work for Free. He wants us to depend on Him more than we depend on them (experts).
- Needing some extra funding this year because of the economy? Remember Matthew 17:24-27…God reminds us that He will supply the needs. This is generally done through uncommon methods, not our own clever concoctions, so that He can receive the glory.
- Need to know how to build your church? See Matthew 16…He reminds us that we must do it with Him as the foundation, not our own ingenious church growth methods. The foundation must be solid before you start the building process. Unintentionally, we start the building process before the proper foundations are laid. Simpler terms: make sure your church is stable and steady and that you are not always doing so many new things.
- Do you have staffing issues? Remember Judas? Christ knows and understands the hurt when staff members turn their backs against you. What does He do? Kisses the one that would betray Him. Lesson learned–even Christ experienced staffing issues. What do you do…love them anyway! Take the high road. Don’t attempt to hurt or give them a swift kick as they leave you.
God loves it when we depend on Him. When we think that we are weak and He is strong. God is not necessarily flattered that you have it all together. People who are humble and seek God find what they are looking for. Remember the passage of praise found in Jeremiah 29:13-14, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” Are you held captive by your own church growth agenda, your personal pride, peer pressure of fellow pastor friends, and your personal vision? Seek answers from God before you seek answers from man. Be sure to look unto Him rather being dependent on man. This passage of Scripture reminds us that it is God that gets us out of our mess and our own captivity.
The Bible gives us so many examples of men and women who were never experts in their field, just humble and willing to be used. Joseph was not an expert statesman by any means. He was the youngest of his brothers, yet God used him to preserve an entire nation. Moses had speech problems and was a hothead, yet God used Him to free His people and lead them to the Promise Land. David was just a shepherd boy, yet God used him to become King of Israel. Many of the Apostles were not church leaders, yet God used them to turn this world upside down. Paul was not a church builder. He never went to Bible College specifically to plant a church or establish an evangelism campaign that would reach millions. Yet, through his tenacity, he may be considered the greatest missionary and church planter there ever was.
You never know how God will speak to you and provide your answer. He will probably do it through you. He will probably give you the answer if you’ll be patient and seek Him. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” What am I saying, simply this; God uses your humility. Be sure to seek Him before you seek him (that professional with years of experience).