At a conference entitled ‘Missional Leadership’ Rev Anne Calver spoke about how to overcome those hurdles we face as Christian leaders. Below are my notes, reproduced with her permission.
When we face hurdles, our first instinct is to shy away, ignore them or run! Remember the children’s story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury? When faced with obstacles they said we can’t go under it, can’t go over it, we’ve got to go through it! In Exodus 3-5, Moses is faced with a big challenge, yet God says ‘I will be with you.’
Encounter – Exodus 3 v3. Moses made a decision to check out the bush that was burning. He chose to encounter God. We too need to choose to encounter God or not.
Who am I? – Ex 3 v11. Moses asked God the question that we too ask. When God commissions us to do a job for Him, all of our life experience comes to the fore. The work God has done in you, He now wants to do through you. Nothing in your life up to this point will be wasted. He has chosen us for a reason.
Suppose I do go? – Ex 3 v13. If I do go, what will actually happen? Moses wanted to know, just as we do. We want it all taped down: the what, why, how, where and who, before we begin. This doesn’t leave a lot of room for trust…
What if…? – Ex 4 v1. These two words hold us back and bring anxiety, the opposite of trust. Our minds race ahead to various scenarios, most of which won’t actually happen. However, if God has set a task for you, it cannot fail. He does not set us up to fail, He brings success to those who are faithful. We must not crush God’s word with fear or insecurity.
Excuses – Ex 4 v10. Moses essentially says ‘you know my baggage and my faults, choose someone else!’ Moses pours out a list of negatives. When tempted to do this, we need to grasp again with confidence that God is in control (v12).
Chosen – Ex 4 v13. Moses is still pleading with God to send someone else, but he was the right man for the job so was chosen by God. However, God graciously gave him his brother, Aaron to work alongside him. He was a support and encourager on their long and difficult journey to free the Israelites from Egypt. Who is alongside you in your work? We are not designed to work alone, we need the body of Christ.
We read in chapter 5 v1 that Moses and Aaron went to Egypt, confronted Pharoah and demanded that the Israelites be set free from slavery. Moses albeit reluctantly at first, overcame his very human hurdles and God granted him success.