Aug 6, 2015

This morning, I came across chapter 22 of Luke and it got me thinking about leadership:

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Why can’t Jesus just beat Satan’s head right in and disallow him from destroying Peter?

It's like Simon Peter's hanging on the side of a cliff, shouting for help. Jesus comes over and goes, "whoa man, that's like 200 feet down. You know what, I’ll be right here praying that your grip not fail."

We know from the story that Peter's courage failed under testing. He got scared and he denied Jesus three times. But we also know that he - repentant and broken - was eventually called back by Jesus to lead and strengthen the other failed disciples.

So while it is natural for leaders to always find a way for the team to win, failure, sometimes, is also necessary.

I believe here are some of the reasons why:

--People who have experienced failure understand that God's strength is experienced most in their weakness.
--People who have experienced failure know that they're helpless and weak apart from Christ.
--People who have experienced failure boast on nothing else but Christ's love for them.
--People who have experienced failure know that failures are to be expected but ultimate victory rests with Christ.
--People who have experienced failure have a different kind of authority when they speak for it's not out of concepts and out of theories but out of scars from battles that they’ve won through God's help.


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