FRIDAY 15TH JULY,2016
TOPIC: WHAT KEEPS US FROM SERVING OTHERS? (4)
TEXT: Gal.5:13 “For you, brethren, have been called to Liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another…”
CONTROL. While it’s important to focus on understanding others, you must also be authentic and open so that, they can understand you as well. This can make you vulnerable; many of us are unwilling to be transparent. A famous author observed that some leaders feel that by keeping people in the dark, they maintain a measure of control. That is obviously a leader’s folly and an organisation’s failure. Secrecy spawns isolation, not success. Knowledge is power, yes, but what leaders need is collective power, and that requires collective knowledge.
Again, He found that the more people knew what the goals were, the better buy-in he got — the better the results achieved together. Any time people sense information is being withheld from them, it creates distance. They feel like outsiders, and as a result morale drops along with their performance. The principle of self denial for the sake of others should be our driving force for serving others. Good Leaders do not isolate themselves, and they do not deliberately keep people in the dark. They inform them, and include them in decision-making process whenever possible. If you’re serious about serving others, open up. Let people know who you are and what you believe. Apostle Paul admonishes us today to serve one without charge- (control) that we abuse not our power in the Gospel.
MEDITATION: 1 Cor 9:15-19
STUDY THE BIBLE
1 COR 4; 1 KGS 17; AMOS 1