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Who We Are: We’re FOR Pioneering Leaders

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
 
The Great Commission is a great adventure. As much as Christianity is about love, joy, peace, and other Spirit fruit (Gal. 5), it is also challenging and counter-cultural. Deny ourselves. Make disciples. In this world, we will have trouble (but take heart…). We will be persecuted when we live a godly life in Christ. Christianity is not for the faint of heart. That’s why:
 
We’re FOR pioneering leaders.
 
As pioneers, we want to be ready to take up our cross and follow Jesus, wherever He leads. Even if it’s uncharted territory. Leadership means we’re resolute. Committed. Steadfast. Unwavering. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…” (Heb. 10:23-24).
 
We want to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25) and do a new thing. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (Isa. 43:19). We want to be brave for Christ, to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which we are ambassadors in chains (Eph. 6:20).
 
Father, help us to be pioneering leaders, and be FOR pioneering leaders, so we can exalt Your Name and see Your glory magnified in the world.

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Who We Are: We’re FOR Sacrificial Serving

[Today, we continue the series about “Who We Are.”]
 
WIIFM is a common advertising term. It stands for “what’s in it for me” and it means when you write an ad, you need to make the benefits really clear. Apart from the indwelling Holy Spirit, WIIFM pretty much sums up human desire. In contrast, God calls us to higher ground, which is ironically, lower ground (humility). That’s why:
 
We’re FOR sacrificial serving.
 
In Philippians 2, Paul exhorts us, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Jesus is our model for everything, and He took “the form of a servant” and “humbled himself.” We serve because Jesus “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Serving means we use our spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ, keeping in mind that “the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” (1 Cor. 12:22).
 
So where does our serving begin and end? For the Christian, that’s hard to say. Paul tells us “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ” (Col. 3:23-24). Whatever you do.
 
Father, help us to be FOR sacrificial serving, so we can exalt Your Name and live authentic lives of faith in Jesus.

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