“When God wants to draw new obedience from His servants, He almost always communicates fresh vision.” ~ The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
If you serve in ministry, this Bible is a must-have for your study library. The Maxwell Leadership Bible was given to Timberley as a gift from a dear sister in Christ, who was affectionately known as “Auntie,” when she served in a leading role in women’s ministry. Who would have thought that eight years later this Bible would have been for such a time as this?
We never thought that we would serve as Pastors in a church. After the home-going of our beloved pastors, who were our mentors, and spiritual parents; our board asked us to pray on serving as the senior pastors of our church.
That was a huge commitment to God, and to our family. But as with everything, we took it before the Lord for His leading and direction. At that point of our life, we already developed a lifestyle of living within the priorities of God. However, we knew if we stepped into this role, it would cause us to really live up to God’s priorities in order to go where He is calling us; without neglecting our primary priorities.
It was during a time of fasting, praying and reading God’s Word where we came across this quote in the middle of The Maxwell Leadership Bible that convicted our hearts to walk in complete obedience.
We hesitated for quite some time, because honestly in the natural we didn’t want the responsibility. But we all know that delayed obedience is still disobedience! One thing we have learned; if we delay what God has for us to do, someone else will take our place. Not to mention, at some point we will be humbled and will ultimately submit to His Will for our life.
By submitting to God’s leading, this new obedience cultivated a fresh revelation regarding our priorities. More than ever before we were going to have to prioritize God’s priorities. We were going to have to resist the temptations to take on the cares of the church before; our relationship with God, each other, our children, and our home.
You see; your home is your first ministry, yet it is not your only ministry. This is why we must come to fully understand God’s order of priorities and do our best to live within them. So that we can not only live a life that pleases Him; but we can make a difference by pointing others to Him; while we are tending to our families. (This is why we offer our e-book free so that everyone can understand why God’s priorities are in this order, which is the very basis of our blog.)
Is there a new level of obedience that God has called you to that you have delayed? If you surrender to the process, what you may find, is that it’s not necessarily the new obedience you’re afraid of. The real fear may come from the higher standard, or the revelation of change that God is asking of you.
Whatever the case may be we would encourage you to seek God; not by praying and telling Him what you want, but asking Him what He wants from you. Then take time to sit in His presence silently, to hear Him speak a new revelation, so that you can walk in a new obedience.
~ André and Timberley Gray