I used to think leadership and spiritual growth were all about becoming self sufficient. The goal was to become the guy with all the answers, the guy who could get it done and inspire others to do the same. I honestly saw being a husband and father the same way. But the longer I walk as a husband, father and pastor, the more I realize my insufficiency.
I need someone to lead me – to point me in the right direction, tell me what to do and hold my hand from time to time. I need someone to empower me when I do know the right thing to do but can’t seem to put one foot in front of the other to walk down the road of righteousness. I need help doing the very things I most want to do – loving the people around me, delighting in God and living for His glory.
I need someone greater.
That might sound like weakness to you. But it sounds like wisdom and experience to me. It also sounds like the soil in which faith grows.
The Bible unfolds the beautiful story of Someone greater. Someone who speaks universes into existence but knows my name. Someone who holds the stars in His hands and counts the hairs on my head. Someone who is high and lifted up but dwells with the contrite and lowly.
If you’re feeling weak, tired, inadequate, afraid or overwhelmed, just know this: Jesus is for you. You don’t have to have it all together. You don’t have to be amazing. You don’t have to have it all figured out. He does. And that’s more than enough for today. He’ll lead you, empower you and help you.
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
I’m okay with not having it all together. In fact, I would rather depend on the One who created the heavens than try to get it right on my own. He’s always going to do better than I am any way!
Need someone to lead you today? Read the Bible and allow God to speak His Word into your soul. Need someone to empower you? That’s why God has placed His Spirit inside those of us who belong to Jesus. Need someone to give you a whole new heart? That’s why Jesus died on the cross – to pay for our mess and give us His righteousness.
Lift your eyes. There is Someone Greater. Everything changes the moment you realize He’s for you, not against you.