But among you it will be different. Who ever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:43-45
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.~Martin Luther King Jr.
One of the points I want to focus on from this weeks lesson led by Pastor Johnny (The Spirit of A Leader) is the idea of having faith for people. The verse from Mark and the Dr. King quote go very well with the idea of having faith for people. If you think about it, there is no other way to love people more effectively than to just have faith in them. There are some things that happen when we have faith in people. The first thing that happens is we make ourselves vulnerable. As the verse in Mark points out being a servant and a slave makes the best leader. When we have faith in people we put our reputation on the line. We have to trust God that whatever hurt that they are going through, whatever sin that may be consuming this person, that God is going to deliver them from that. Who did Jesus hang with more, was it the religious people at the time? No, it was the sinners and the people that were hurting. We have to be vulnerable and take the risk and hope for someone to give that person hope for change in their situation.
The next thing that happens is we strengthen our own faith. Like the MLK quote we cannot see the whole staircase. Taking that first step is blind faith and we have to trust God that we are doing the right thing. Blind faith does not come without Holy Spirit discernment. It’s funny what appears to the world as blind faith is in reality the Holy Spirit leading us and giving direction. So really our faith is not blind. We have to continue clear communication with God and that is what Bible study and prayer bring us. That’s our wireless connection to God that builds our own faith. When we start to see healing happen and change beginning in the person we put faith into, it will give us strength to continue. A momentum of change begins to take shape. Not only is the person who we have faith in is changing, but we are as well.
Finally the last thing that happens is we inspire people to change by having faith in them. I think one of the most important things we can learn from having faith in people is they don’t have that faith in themselves. They have a small amount, but not enough to get the change momentum going. It’s like their car battery is dead and it needs a jump start. It needs just enough juice from someone’s battery to give it enough spark to start. Jesus did just that when He came into contact with sinners and people hurting. He always said afterward that their faith has healed them. And God will use you to do that. 4 years ago God put a friend in my path that had faith enough to jump start my faith to get me healed from my food addiction. That person inspired me, and still does to this day. Now my goal is to inspire others for that change. How do we have faith in people? By putting our heart on the line and loving them, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable. Stepping out in faith and believing for that person. And by being the change agent to give them the spark they need by inspiring them. Change momentum starts with you having faith for people.