Who Has God Called You to Lead?

If you are like me, you have opportunities daily to go in about 38 different directions in ministry. So many needs, yet we must narrow down the call and focus on what God wants us to do today. How do we do that? With the masses of those that need our love and lessons, how do we hone in on the ones Jesus called us to?

When I read this, I’m overwhelmed with who to seek and who to feed:

Matthew 18:12-14 NIV
“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Who is the lost sheep I am called to go looking for? What about the ninety-nine: who will care for them?

Once again, God uses a distracted moment in my day to teach me something profound.

I’ve recently taken up Zumba. It’s a dance fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia during the 1990s. The program combines Latin and international music with dance in an effort to make exercise fun.  I love it, but I’ve always loved dancing.

When I started the classes, I was lost. Not like the lost sheep. I’m sure the sheep was darling. I was anything but darling. I looked like I was being stung by bees. As time goes by, however, I’m learning the steps and starting to enjoy it.

The other day I was trying to learn a new step but instead I kept getting in my own way. I was focused on the leader’s feet, counting steps and studying her moves, but she’d swing right and I’d swing left. I could not figure out the move. Finally, I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “just feel the music.”

Suddenly I had it.

No more forcing the moves. They came naturally when I focused on the rhythm of the music.

I knew when that happened that I had learned more than a dance move. The phrase “just feel the music” has been rolling around in my heart ever since. I think it holds a powerful lesson for me and hopefully you too.

I am reminded of the words of Jesus in the Message Bible:

Matthew 11:30
Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. What a powerful message.

How do we decide who to chase and who to lead? It all comes back to grace.

1. Who has God given you the grace, desire and passion to lead?

Who is on your heart? Who do you weep over?

And, we need to realize that this passion may change as we walk through different seasons in life. I’ve made the mistake of feeling that I had “one call” and tried to figure it out. But when I look back at my life I see that God gave me grace for each season.

When I was single I spent my weekends in the inner city. I loved it! Bring on the homeless and prostitutes. They were who I wept over.

Then I had children and I spent years in the nursery and kids church. This was especially wonderful as I shared so much time with my husband in ministry and watched God do a mighty work in him.

When the kids grew, I led women’s ministry and joined the worship team.

Afterward, I served as pastor’s wife (basically did EVERYTHING)  at a couple churches as my husband led.

And now I’m in a place I never thought I’d be. Serving women outside the church walls in ways I never imagined. Traveling and speaking through Praise and Coffee Nights and publishing an online magazine that is read by thousands.  I could just cry when I think of how precious the Lord has been throughout my life and ministry. I stand in awe of Him. That He would take someone like me and touch a life still makes my heart explode.

The point I want to make is that in every different season, I had the grace, desire and passion to lead right where God had me. Don’t feel locked in to a certain ministry. Recognize the “unforced rhythms of grace” and follow the leading of the Lord for your particular season.

2. Second, who will benefit most from the grace that God offers through you?

God loves and cares for every single person on this planet but we can’t reach all of them and I’m sure not one of us was called to reach ALL.

Follow your heart, discuss it with your spouse and lay it before God. He will show you.

And be ready to leave the ninety-nine to go find that one. You may find that is what makes your heart as happy as the shepherd in Matthew 18.

 

 

Sue Cramer

Founder of Praise and Coffee ministry and Magazine. A wife, mom, girlfriend and coffee drinker who loves the Lord.

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14 Comments

  1. Well said my friend, well said…the unforced rhythms of grace is right where He wants us to be…thanks for showing us this powerful verse and life lesson!

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    • Thanks for the comment BFF! We’ve both walked through so many seasons, I know you resonate the same heart and thoughts that I do 🙂
      Love ya!

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  2. So I’ve been asking this question all summer without the ability to articulate it. You have nailed it, the answer I’ve been looking for. Thank you.

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    • Thanks for sharing that! I always love to hear if a post resonated with someone 🙂
      Sue

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  3. Thank you for this timely post. It really blessed me this morning! I love how God’s timing is always perfect. 🙂

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    • So thrilled it touched you!
      Sue

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  4. Sue, great word. I am reminded of the different seasons for sports which are like our spiritual seasons… While participing in sports such as football to then transition into basketball, my bell would be rung! God reminded me that I could not rely on the old muscle development of faith I had used in football…that I was not ready yet for this new season..it required different muscles, moving in differnt ways….God is saying that what worked for the former or the last season will not work for this season. He will require humbling ourselves and getting in shape under His Coach, the Holy Spirit to use now new muscles of faith to do greater works! God bless.

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    • Great perspective and input Micheal, thanks so much!!
      Sue

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  5. Great article, Sue! And I so agree. God can shift and change our seasons – thus changing our callings. 🙂

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  6. I too LOVE Zumba. I want to learn to listen and follow the rhythm of the music. No more forced movements in my life. God gave the the few moments to read this today as He knew it would speak to my heart.

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  7. Wow! Just….wow! Honestly, this s EXACTLY what I needed to read today. THANK YOU!!i

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  8. Wonderful thoughts, Sue. You are right…it is so easy to try to do too many things. I always think of what Beth Moore said…you cannot do a thousand things to the glory of God! It keeps me centered.

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