I once had a woman in Detroit stand with a group of others because I called out a certain need and they all came up on the platform. I ministered to all of them but completely missed one woman. I caught it as she was leaving and said “It’s like you were invisible” and she said “It’s been that way my whole life.” I broke that off of her right there.
Some of you don’t feel deserving of being seen and make yourself invisible. You know which ones you are. This is the Word for you: STOP THAT! God wants you to be seen so you can be heard and He can be glorified.
Of course there is the other scenario also….One of the devil’s choice weapons in his arsenal against emerging leaders is the subtle suggestion that serving another person is somehow producing a ‘second fiddle’ destiny on your life. He will say that serving another is robbing you of your own opportunity to shine. Now there may be a time when you need to stand alone, but typically this follows a period of character formation serving another.
This voice comes and says “you need to make your own mark, get out of their shadow and do what God called YOU to do.” As if heaven gives higher rewards to people who run their own enterprise.
Here’s a judgment seat ALERT- you are not more rewarded by being number #1. You are rewarded for faithfulness in service, not ranking in authority. A person called to be a number #2 on a team who insists on being number #1 on their own will diminish or perhaps entirely forfeit their reward.
Jesus said: “…if you have not been faithful in that which is ANOTHER MAN’S, who shall give you that which is your own?” (Luke 16:12)
I sometimes wonder if the blessing God wants to bring on entrepreneurs is short-circuited by the fact that some people are self-employed only because they cannot endure working for someone else’s success. (Heck, for all I know there may be Pastors who split or plant independent churches for the same reason.)
The question is this – have you ever, EVER, EVER… labored exclusively for someone else’s success? If you cannot point to any such time, I suggest you force yourself to do so for a season- NOW. If you are a business-person, ask God to show you a ministry in your church you can serve with all your might. If you are a Pastor do this with some person on your staff. Just go animal on unselfish mentoring.
The truth is that “favor” is a bank account and your obedience to help someone else’s success is not lost. In the economy of heaven this sort of seed is sown directly into your future success.
There is something so very powerful when we realize that GOD SEES IN SECRET and rewards openly. Serving another for their sake and not ours is an action so sacred it falls into a special category. Whatsoever ye do, do heartily as unto the Lord and He that sees in secret will reward you openly. Be willing to do what you do – for His eyes only and He will open the right people’s eyes to you.
It’s a shame we overuse this saying “Doing it unto the Lord” because it is such a powerful concept: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, KNOWING (being certain, aware, convinced) that FROM THE LORD YOU WILL RECEIVE ..
..you WILL receive…
..YOU will receive…
the REWARD of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.…” (Col 3:23)
The result? God will “give you that which is your own,”
This is the story of all Daniels and Josephs (as well as Josephines) and Davids as we enter into 2014! You don’t forfeit anything by making another shine.
Be invisible when God desires and the invisible God will PROMOTE YOU OPENLY in your season!
Pass it on!