Today (Tuesday) the assignment began for us. It is a great learning experience all the way around. I am learning as much, hopefully, as the students. I watch them and see a determination to learn and grow spiritually. Leadership in the focus. It was a long first day, but a great foundation is being laid.
We looked at Isaiah 62:10 as we began Wednesday morning. This verse is a great foundation for leaders. It says, "Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway; clear it of stones; lift up a signal over the peoples."
In this verse, Isaiah is looking into the future prophecying of what will happen at the end of the Babylonian captivity. He forsees the work of Ezra and Nehemiah. He sees that the walls of Jerusalem and the Temple have been torn down and destoyed. The work will be to rebuild, clear the way, and let the people know where the clear paths into the city are. These things had to be done duirng that time and they still need to be done today.
Three quick ideas for the leader in you: 1) a leader builds or rebuilds what has been torn down, 2) a leader clears the path or highway for the people to be able to travel easily, and 3) a leader raises a banner or flag over the cleared pathway to let the people know the path has been cleared. Are there new things in your life and ministry that need to be built or made stronger? Are there things that have been torn down which need to be rebuilt? Are there things in your life and ministry that need to be cleared away so that traveling into the city of God is made easy? How are you signaling to the people around you that there is a clear pathway into the city of God?
You may here a sermon on this before too long.