Richard Passmore from “Streetspace” spoke at our “Link Up” event last week . . . one of the ways he encouraged us to meet young people on their terms, to meet them where they were at was to be powerless in their presence. How hard is this! The Gospel is powerful (Romans 1:16) it is the “power of God” . . . but we serve God when we are powerless . . . (1 Corinthians 1:27) God chooses the weak things, the foolish things . . . God himself models this in Christ himself (Phil 2), “Who did not consider equality with God something to be GRASPED . . . but made Himself . . . nothing.
Even in the Christian world it is hard not to desire to BE someone, or MAKE something of yourself . . . but, to what end? My EGO will rise at any given opportunity, to take control, to take some praise, to take on too much work, to take the credit . . . .
Nouwen, a fabulous writer on the Christian life and experience, possibly the most honest author I have read talks of what a leader needs to be . . . . I am wishing that I could fully become this kind of leader, because I agree with Nouwen and Passmore . . . it is what the Church needs – possibly now, more than ever:
“…I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self.”
If we truly believe that who we are and what we do as “leaders” is all for Jesus . . . then the surrender of our egos to Him, to make ourselves nothing – like He did, will allow His glory, grace and goodness to shine through – as we are filled with NOTHING but Him.