Someone once said, great minds discus policies, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people”. Unfortunately many of us finds ourselves in the latter camp! We must today take a serious look at ourselves, examine which camp we are in, and make a decision now, to move camp. We add no value to an organisation if we target people, even focus on events. We must question even dismiss decisions made by those in authority, but never focus on the man behind the decision. Reject bad decisions, based on friendship, handpicked, and family link, it is called Nepotism! Position by inheritance, selection of who is liked is wrong!
However, we must love the people behind the decisions. We must be people of principle, we are not against people selected, or the people behind the decisions, we are against the decision process that allows the wrong decisions to be made. Because of these wrong decisions, people have lost hope in those who leads. The survey that only 2% of leaders are actually in their right God gifted, God inspired roles should cause us to reflect on our actions and the decisions we make. The reason the church struggles is because we suffer a spirit gifted brain drain. Christ want trained, gifted people to lead His church, the reason He called many, and the12 that remained was trained and sent out to win should. We now must rise up and stand up for what we believe in, even if it is done by people we love, even if we stand alone. In the end, it is not about us, it is about God. Live every moment as if it is our last on earth days. We must start to represent Christ by sharing the Gospel message with haste, rapid speed and a hint of urgency. Unfortunately we find ourselves shifting our focus, playing the man rather than the ball. The problem rises because many who claim to represent the Gospel don’t know what it is, or what it is about. Many in governance who never took a leadership course, attend a management seminar, not even accept the importance of training, are the ones we choose to lead and manage. They criticise those who promote the leadership standards being raised, critique the introduction of theological training for leadership, yet they do theology everyday. These actions don’t even make sense in a rapidly changing world environment in which the church is expected to reach out to every member of society.
Paul’s statement, Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible…To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law…To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law…To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some…I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Cor. 9: 19-23). Paul was a of principle and one who was firmly of the believe that the gospel of Christ is more important than our personal preference. He spent sleepless night, went on tireless journeys, to affect the cause of Christ in the world. He was interested in personal popularity, or else he would cave in to the insult and treats to his personal safety. He was such a versatile soul that he could represent Christ before kings and still identify with the poor. Though he was well trained in Judaism, trained at the feet at Gamaliel and a Pharisee (Acts 22: 3), in other words well educated. That was not his mantra, after conversion everything becomes secondary to the cause of Christ. Yet his training was his vehicle to accomplish his mission. He used his training, his adaptable skills, his giftedness, to reach uncharted territory spreading the gospel message. We should think on these things, and do everything to stand.