Radical Devotion

10 02 2010

Here are some great thoughts about leadership, from Rick Warren’s talk on radical devotion from this February’s Radicalis Conference at Saddleback Church.

Do you want to be a mushroom or an oak tree? An oak tree takes 60 years to grow; a mushroom takes only 6 weeks.

Building a healthy church takes time, just like an oak tree.

Everyone wants to be a leader, but no one wants to be a servant. God isn’t looking for servant leaders, He’s looking for servants.

For every book on servant hood, there are a thousand on leadership.

What you do and are in private determines who and how you lead in public.

Obedience and roots are the key words here: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6 – 7)

A radical is rooted in Christ, rooted in His word, rooted in His love: “So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17 – 19)

When you have deep roots, you are not bothered by the heat, and you can handle pressure. When you have deep roots, you are not worried by the drought, when things dry up in your life: “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

The world is looking for an authoritative message through a humble messenger. Authority comes from humility.

Radical devotion is giving everything to God for Him to use you: Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’” (Matthew 22:37-38)

 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” (Revelation 2:3-4)

You will be tempted as a pastor to use the abilities God has given you to feed yourself and your self-worth.

We are more likely to be tempted in our area of strength instead of our area of weakness.

You don’t get credit for starting the race, you get credit to ending it well. The only way you’re going to finish well is if you build roots, not fads, not therapies, not management.

At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how many things have gone wrong … how many failures; … if at the end of the day you love Him more and know Him better, that day was a success. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how many things you’ve accomplished; … at the end of the day if you don’t know God better and love Him more you just wasted your day because God didn’t put you on earth to mark things off your to-do list.

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