One bite at a time, right? WRONG!
The correct answer is – you don’t! Not by yourself. The meat would go bad before you had enough time to eat the whole thing!
It’s the same thing with vision. If the vision in our lives is truly from God, it’s bigger than we can accomplish alone. We have to have people around us who will grab hold of the same vision and run together with us after it.
This is one of the things that God has been speaking to my heart. We write the vision and make it plain so that those who read it can run with it. Well then, why are those who are reading it not running? What’s stopping them?
One thing that is stopping them is the mindset that they have to be perfect BEFORE they can ever start running. And while I am talking about the Church in general, I’m also talking about Gateway in particular. A decade ago, we had a very high standard that precluded many from participating in ministry in our house. One had to be pretty highly developed in their gifting before they could minister. Well, that has changed over the years… at least in the minds of leadership. The problem is, many of those working throughout the ministry still have the old mindset that their gift has to be fully developed BEFORE they can be used by God. NOT!!
An example comes from the singers on the Praise Team who have had these overwhelming mindsets:
“I’m not a good enough singer to lead service.”
“I don’t measure up to your standard.”
“What if I miss Holy Ghost?”
I have such a hard time understanding these mindsets, because NONE OF US are good enough, NONE OF US measure up and EVERY ONE OF US misses Holy Ghost! The breakthrough I had in leading the worship service came when Holy Ghost told me that I wasn’t important enough to mess up a whole service by myself! Our house operates under a CORPORATE anointing – that means that one person can’t create the anointing and one person can’t mess it up. WHAT A RELIEF!
As leaders, I think our job is to combat the “I have to do everything just right” mindset. As we pray for the people God has entrusted to us, we can also speak to that mindset and cast down those imaginations of inequity and every high thing that creates an unbalanced importance of ourselves, causing us to exalt ourselves above the knowledge that God is bigger than our failures. His grace is sufficient for every task. Therefore, we can bring into captivity every thought that says, “I’m not good enough” to the obedience of Christ. The voice of our spirit says, “It is Christ in me and not myself who lives. I am good enough, because I am in Christ. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
Q: So… what’s the elephant you are trying to eat by yourself??