by Dr. Victor L. Torres Jr
“And a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (Eccl 4:12)
A study of the inter-relationship between the Word of God, the Leading of the Holy Spirit and Faith.
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise” (Heb 10:35,36).
Leaders have a great responsibility – they must effectively lead those whom they have been given the responsibility to lead. In a very true sense, the destinies of those they are leading are in the hands of those leaders. Therefore the leader’s responsibility should never be taken lightly.
As ministry leaders, we have a responsibility to those we lead. But we have an even greater responsibility to the One who has called us into the ministry. The One who has called us is God!
Think of your responsibility in this way. The Body of believers is often referred to as the “Bride of Christ.” You and I, as pastors and leaders, are given the stewardship or responsibility to care for the “Bride of Christ.” How great a responsibility we have! Jesus will one day return for His Bride, the Church; our hope is that in that day He will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
How, then, shall we mature to become effective leaders to whom such a great trust is given? To be effective requires that we become confident in three areas, and in this order:
- We must first have confidence in our relationship with God.
- Then we must have confidence in our calling.
- Finally we must have confidence in our ministry.
It must also be understood that each one of these areas is spiritual in nature. We are clothed in a shell of flesh and blood; yet we must learn how to see, hear and understand the spiritual realm in which God lives. For God is Spirit, and it is from His Spirit that enabling power flows.
HE WHO CALLS US IS FAITHFUL
There is a major difference between a spiritual leader, such as a pastor, and other types of leaders who are in business, education or politics. The difference is the calling. The pastor’s calling is not of man, nor of personal ambition – it is of God. The ministry is not a profession or a job, but a calling.
But how can we best define a “calling”? The calling is an invitation from God to an individual to co-labor with Him in the fulfillment of His purpose and plan.
Along with this call comes an enablement or equipping for the task. God never fails to equip those He calls. Paul the apostle tells us, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1Tim 1:12).
The call from God is not based on our talents, abilities or gifts. It is based on a potential that God sees in us called faithfulness. The particular faithfulness described here is not to a denomination, an organization, or individual. It is faithfulness to God and His call upon your life. We can be faithful, because God is always faithful to us: “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1Thess 5:24).
OUR SOURCE OF CONFIDENCE
Confidence is the key to effective ministry. Confidence comes from an understanding of one important thing: the heart of our heavenly Father. Knowing what is in the heart of the Father toward us is what gives our life meaning and purpose.