Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach


In Acts 13 we see Paul and Barnabas being sent out. The Holy Spirit calls them and they had a strong desire to minister, but the leadership in Antioch was also a part of the confirmation process. They fasted, prayed, and laid their hands on them to send them out. It takes humility to trust other’s opinions of us. A proud man doesn’t seek other’s counsel. A proud man trusts his own judgments of himself for good or for bad. Pride may lead some to overestimate their giftedness, while unfulfilled pride may lead others to doubt their calling or giftedness in an area in spite of wise counsel, being called, and being sent out by those in leadership above them. Do you question what others say about you? Do you always think you are the wrong one for the job? Every job I have gotten, a few weeks, months, or even years in, I end up crying in a meeting with my boss convinced that he had chosen the wrong person. 

Are you requiring or expecting perfection of yourself in a role? Perfection belongs to the Lord. You do not even have to be the best person for the job. If God has placed you there, if you have been given that responsibility by those in leadership, you need to be faithful in that job. That’s what is required. If perfection is what you are expecting in your job or ministry you are going to keep running to the next job or ministry.

Are you asking people for their counsel or for their assessment of you? Do you only go off of your perceptions or your feelings? You can be severely mistaken about yourself. Have enough humility to ask for and to  listen to other people’s’ assessments of you. Trust the people who are in authority over you and have confidence in God bringing you to your position and preparing you beforehand. His faithfulness and the wisdom of Godly leadership is more trustworthy than your feelings about the situation or your fit for the job.


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