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The Gift of Limits and Leadership

Posted on July 15th, 2010

As we are in the process of doing our annual job reviews at New Life Fellowship, I have been struck anew by the need to include in our job descriptions that our number one task is to love God, ourselves and our spouses (if applicable). Out of a “cup that runs over,” we offer the life of Jesus to those whom we serve. What else do we have to give? When we overextend ourselves, we grow resentful, love with a “human love,” lose our passion and gradually hear His voice less clearly. The  fruit is short-lived. The reason this is so challenging for us (and I begin with myself) is it touches the core of our relationship with God. Limits touch my desire to do my will, not His, to rebel rather than surrender, to keep going rather than stop. Adam and Eve crossed God’s limits in eating from the tree in the Garden. And it was a disaster! God is on the throne and is running His world, not me. What limits has God placed around you as a gift today? What adjustments is He inviting you to make in order that you might live from a cup that runs over (Ps. 23)? “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

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