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The Fine Print in Christian Leadership

By December 3, 2012Church, Leadership

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God…” Deuteronomy 29:29

Make your plans.

Work your plans.

That’s good leadership.

I’m an advocate of strategic leadership. I don’t believe the church should run from leadership. We need it, just as does any other organization of people. God uses men and women to lead His people. You can see it throughout the Bible.

Without a vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18)

In his heart a man plans his course. (Proverbs 16:9)

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost“? (Luke 14:28)

“Aaron and Moses were from this tribe. And they are the men the Lord spoke to and said, “Lead my people out of Israel in groups.” (Exodus 6:26)

With the best you know how to hear from God, make plans accordingly. God really does use the minds He created for His glory.

The difference for spiritual leaders, those desiring to receive godly direction…is that “secret things belong to God“.

I’ve always loved the Deuteronomy verse because it comes at the end of God renewing His covenant with His people. He promises to be with them, bless them and carry them safely forward. At the end of His encouragement, we find this verse. The secret things belong to God.

Isn’t that true in your life?

It has been in those secret moments where God has always seemed to do some if His best work in my life. I’m working my plans…the best I know how…and seemingly out of no where God brings a surprise. I must adapt accordingly. It’s scary. Uncomfortable. It stretches me. But, it’s always best. His way is better than mine and His strength is perfect in my weakness.

Always be attentive to the still small voice and give God room to interrupt your plans. Always. Don’t be afraid of the fine print of the Christian life. Some of God’s best is found there.

That’s the role of a Christian leader.

When is the last time God interrupted your plans?

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  • Ron, you are right on. Never thought I'd start doing the so called coaching/consulting as soon as I did. But God changed our plans and because of that I wrote two books that would not have happened had He not shifted things.

  • bryankr

    When hasn't He?! Just when I think I finally have a grip on the way things are going and how He, seemed, to be directing me to go with them…. BAM! All of a sudden the gears shift! Seemed like it to me, at least. I have always lived in somebody else's house, an apartment, dorm room….. I thought the work He had me in was as far as I could go, I was in line to get a house (in MY name), everything shifted, somebody else got the house, the work we were doing suddenly went a much higher level! I am still in somebody else's house, but the level we're at, could never be done if I had moved.

    • ronedmondson says:

      God is always thinking bigger and better.

    • ronedmondson says:

      Let me clarify too that I meant God is always thinking bigger and better in His plans for our life…not in the size of our house, position, etc. didn't want someone reading otherwise.

      • bryankr

        I do apologize. I was trying to say that because the house was available, I was near the end of what He sent me here to do. I couldn't care less where I live, so long as I follow Him to get there. What He has given me to do is extremely difficult and long.

  • Joe Lalonde says:

    All the time Ron. When my wife severely injured her ankle. When I lost my job. When my wife quit her job unexpectedly.

    And yet His plans have been better than our plans.