Effort and Essence

Here’s a way to free yourself. Jesus was a carpenter, Paul a tent maker, Luke a doctor, and so on and so on. The only example of anything close to what we do now with the North American church that we can find in the Bible are Levites who lived in the temple and committed themselves to poverty. The modern day equivalent would mean that you would sit in your parsonage until someone brought you meatloaf. Being a carpenter was the effort of Jesus and not his essence. This freed Jesus, Paul, Luke, and everyone else to move where their essence took them separating their effort from the spiritual. If you’re frustrated as a church leader it might be the result of being in a system that awards you for your effort rather than the essence of you being able to do what God has called you to and the system being okay with that. Just think about it. When your known for the essence of what God has called you to you’re free to change your efforts. Most church leaders are trapped in efforts. Don’t be okay with that. You lose fruit that way. Just think about it.

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Chad Swanzy has served in youth ministry for 15 years and currently works as the student ministry director at Gateway Community Church in Austin, Texas. Learn more from Chad and ask him your questions at ChadSwanzy.com.