Taking the first step in leading others to share their faith
Willing men inspire fear.
The one thing Satan fears more than any other is a man of God whoâ€™s willing to say two little words each day: â€śUse me.â€ť As leaders, we especially grab the enemyâ€™s attention when God burdens us to begin inviting others to explore a relationship with Christ. Satan will stop at nothing to keep us from fusing these two little words in our prayers; he knows he needs to keep them separate in leadersâ€™ lives. Using something else is much better, heâ€™ll say to usâ€”people, substances, credit cards, false motivations, feelings. Using these things now is optimal.
If the enemy can make us a dedicated user, distracting our lives and minds with other things, he knows we wonâ€™t be available for God to use us. So go on, he says, use, abuse and blow a fuse! Satan would love to decommission you, dishonorably discharge you and destroy your availability to lead and be used by God.
The â€śmeâ€ť part of â€śuse meâ€ť is potentially just as good a derailment (if not better). It diverts our attention away from others and their need to know Christ by putting the focus on No. 1.
â€śWhat about me?â€ť
â€śTheyâ€™re all following me!â€ť
â€śWhatâ€™s in it for me?â€ť
If Satan canâ€™t turn us into users, heâ€™ll exploit our self-centered nature, enticing us into self-absorption. When it comes to sharing your faith and leading others to share their faith, self-centeredness over others-centeredness helps him breathe a little easier. Focusing on you and your needs obscures your view. You begin to overlook or not see the people in your life who need Christ. Câ€™mon, Satan says to us, why even risk it? What were you thinking, anyway? How does talking to them help you? Forget about it.
In the natural realm, when we as leaders do put these two words together and speak them sincerely to God, it may seem mundane. But in the spiritual world, huge repercussions take place:
- A general is addedâ€”a leader ready to be the â€śfirst to fightâ€ť for souls.
- Conversations about Christ and countless eternal consequences start spinning out into solid patterns.
- Salvation, connection and life transformation take place.
- Forgiveness and healing begin.
- The game is changed forever.
- A warrior is born, and the gates of hell will not prevail against him.
- Godâ€™s man joins the ultimate battle lineâ€”the one of true consequence that determines eternal destinies.
- A new asset is in play for the enemy to contend with.
Willingness on the part of Godâ€™s leaders to share the gospel is weapons-grade plutonium in spiritual warfareâ€”the final ingredient that makes a nuclear impact possible. Telling someone else about the Lord requires humility and faith, the two most powerful agents of spiritual conductivity. Godâ€™s power flows most deeply through you when you leave the shores of safe, spiritual spin for the unpredictable rapids of evangelism.
Your spiritual life comes full circle when youâ€™re willing to give away the same news you received and accepted yourselfâ€”and lead others to follow your example. Youâ€™ve risked combining responsibility with a willing availability to speak about Him. And once Godâ€™s man experiences His power in this way, no other experience can compare.
Kenny Luck is a menâ€™s expert: speaker, author, founder and president of Every Man Ministries and the menâ€™s pastor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., where 7,000 men participate in weekly small group gatherings. He has authored and coauthored 20 books, including his most recent title, Sleeping Giant: No Movement of God Without Men of God (B&H). For more information, go to everymanministries.com. Follow Luck on Twitter @Kenny_Luck and on Facebook at facebook.com/KennyLuck.