This point by Charles Swindoll is perhaps the hardest for any of us. “Third, instead of seeking a place of power, be still and release.” Having been around ministers, church leaders, and well- known speakers for years, I am very aware of the envy, jealousy, and human ambitions that motivate many; especially younger men. Along with most positions comes a push for power that is ungodly and prideful.
There is a sad race to the top, and, as Chuck says, “the loneliest, most unfulfilled people…are at the top.” Another sad aspect of power grabbing in the Lord’s work is mishandling of money and the desire for wealth, the compromise of moral standards, integrity and righteous living.
BE STILL! If you really want to be effective in ministry and do the Lord’s work so that it is fruitful and yields abundant glory for the Lord, you must release your ambitions for human achievement and power for a greater purpose. Contentment will enter your soul when you become still before the Lord. He begins to fill your vision with His glory, NOT YOUR OWN, when you release selfish, myopic considerations that are only temporal and replace them with the eternal.
“As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH CHRIST?
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