Being pulled in a thousand directions is no fun; working all week for a 30-45 minute sermon that draws no “Amens!” is heart breaking; dealing with the effects on the church from the recent financial crisis is, frankly, scary; and, wanting to walk away is frequently enticing. That, my dear friends, is the reality that faces many of us pastors on a regular basis.
That being said, do we just give up? NO!
Friends, when King David was just a teenager, he faced one of the greatest challenges in his life. With firm resolve, he proceeded to face Goliath having asked a very important question—a question that would forever change his life: “Is there not a cause?” (I Samuel 17:29)
It is this question that gets me out of bed in the morning and many times keeps me awake at night. For David, it became personal! “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (I Samuel 17:26)
There was a burning passion in the heart of David that caused him to see Goliath’s affront to cowardly King Saul and his soldiers as an affront to his nation and to his God. For David, his passion for his God dominated everything he said and did.
Likewise, leaders must understand that there is a cause that must guide their decisions and actions, as well as frame their focus if they are to lead effectively. Challenges WILL arise! Opposition WILL come! But leaders know that the cause is bigger and more compelling than the obstacles or the opposition. For pastors, this cause is our passion for the gospel.
Friends, there is a world that is dying and hurting all around us! Goliath has entered the camp! Oh, I know that running is really easy, but the cause compels us to believe. The cause compels us to refuse to lay down and die! Whatever you do, wherever you are, you must, as a leader, capture the passion for the cause. The engineer captures the passion for his cause—the completion of the vision he had only seen in drawings and in his dreams; the litigator captures the passion for her cause—justice for her client; the teacher captures passion for his cause—knowledge.
Trust me, David really just wanted to check out what was happening. But once Goliath spoke words that pierced his heart—that was it! No one was keeping David off the battlefield.
Capture the passion for your cause and lead on! THERE IS A CAUSE!
Lester Figueroa serves as lead pastor at Calvary Assembly of God in Statin Island, NY (since 2008). Born in Puerto Rico, he holds graduate degrees from the University of Puerto Rico in Political Science, International Relations, Public and Private Administration, and Law. He also a graduate of Global University and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.