Did you ever wish that you could bring an area of life under control? Have you ever tried to start doing something that previously you have not had the motivation to begin? Ever thought you can’t be influential due to your past or because of things that continue to hold you back? Me too! You are definitely not alone in your struggle. As a matter of fact, your struggle is real.
How can I possibly lead an influential life if I don’t have all my ducks in a row so to speak? So often we disqualify ourselves from leading influentially due to feelings of inadequacy or unworthiness. One of the great leaders in Christian history, the apostle Paul, writes,
“But I need something more! For if I know the law but still can’t keep it, and if the power of sin within me keeps sabotaging my best intentions, I obviously need help! I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.” (Romans 7:17-20 MSG)
Paul was (and still is) someone who had a profound impact on the world and worked so passionately and wholeheartedly at spreading the gospel in his day. I would definitely call Paul an influential leader, but even he didn’t have it all together. Knowing that Paul struggled with the same stuff as I do and yet was able to go on and influence the world, fills me with so much hope. I know I can make it! I know I too can lead an influential life because ultimately it is not about what I do but about what Jesus has already done.
Paul writes further on,
“…Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” (Romans 7:24-25 MSG)
Understanding that my life is a journey and not a destination empowers me to live and lead as I’m called – one day at a time. I can lead influentially even while I’m still working it all out. I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to be me.
“There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” (Philippians 1:6 MSG)
So the question remains, will I still struggle? Certainly. But will I continue to make progress? DEFINITELY!