The Call to Leadership
By Jenny Andrews
I sat in a bible study as I heard a woman ask a question that was foundational to our Christian faith. She had been a believer for over 10 years and I thought to myself, why doesn’t she know that answer? I was a newer believer and knew the answer to her question. In that moment my heart was burdened because it seemed to me that no one had really taken the time to teach her. This scene played over in my mind as I went home that night to pray and ask God what could I do.
It was that day I felt weeping in my heart for women to know who Jesus is and for women to see who they are in Christ. That day challenged me. I recalled a bible study that I had went through, at my last church with an older woman, so I pulled it out and thought to myself: this is it! I want to do this bible study with her so she will know how much Jesus wants her to know him.
I spent several weeks in prayer and then went before Pastor of Ministries to share my heart and burden for this woman. I asked him if I could do the bible study with her, and he took the study to review. A short while later I was invited into a women’s ministry team meeting and was asked to lead a discipleship ministry. God had heard my prayers (and I was not quite ready for that) but I found favor with the pastor. I took the material and begin to use the study to influence other women in my church, and I asked other women to help me in the process of building up women too.
That was over 6 years ago, and during that time I had many challenges and obstacles. Yet, through it all the Lord helped me each step of the way. He got me through the darkest times in my life. During that same time frame of building this ministry I lost both of my parents to illnesses, and those days seemed the hardest, but God is getting me through that as well.
I am reminded of a great leader in the Bible his name is Nehemiah. Nehemiah had a burden for God’s people and the Lord used him greatly. He wept for his people and prayed for the God of Israel to help them. (Neh 1:3-4) Nehemiah didn’t just pray though, he went into action. (Neh 2:11) He then went before the king and asked for help, and he found favor with the king (Neh 2:4-6). He was a man of influence before his people and called them to help with the building of the wall (Neh 2:18). He not only leads the people he encouraged them in the work they did even when other opposed them (Neh 2:20).
As leaders, we must remember the call to leadership and why we do what we do. We do it, because we know that is what we are called to do. We will have opposition along the way, but remember the favor we have in Christ. We don’t give up, but we persevere through trials and tests; because we have the power of the Holy Spirit living in us. When all is said and done, we will one day hear our Savior say,
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!'” (Matt 25:23)