Inspirational Leaders Wanted!
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 02/5/2005
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
Just the other day I heard a preacher preach an awesome sermon. He spoke about the story of His glory. It had me at the edge of my seat. He was not from around here. I can't remember all he said but I do remember this. The preacher said that we need inspirational leaders. What is an inspirational leader you may ask? They are volunteers who say, "Something has to be done and I'm going to do it - whether or not my pastor or church or parent will do it!"
So often, though, we fall short. Instead we look at our vulnerabilities. We can't measure up. We don't have the charisma or the looks or the gift of the gab or enough education etc. There may be 101 things that we're lacking.
However, God's Word says, "Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him." 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NIV)
It's not a question of what we don't have but what we can do with the little we do have. God has already given us the talents and giftings we need to fulfill His purpose for our lives. It's not by power or might but by His Holy Spirit. Remember what Jesus did with a couple of loaves and fish that a little boy offered? He fed multitudes!
So what can you offer?
Offer God your pain, failures, traumas and weaknesses, hopes, dreams, ambitions...
And remember—A CAUSE NOT WORTH DYING FOR ISN'T WORTH LIVING FOR!