The next word Peter has for Shepherds is about motivation. We can all learn from his observations,but Peter has leadership in mind when he says: “…serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be;”
Years ago I worked at the seminary I attended and lived on campus next door to a fella that was attending there at the time. He played the trumpet and was very interested in becoming a music minister. His wife however felt there was no money there. He needed to be a preacher. One problem: The man couldn’t preach!
He once preached a sermon on Joel at the church my family attended. It was long and dry, but we made it through. Afterward we saw the wife of the Hispanic pastor coming out of the church shaking her head.
We immediately assumed she had trouble understanding the message because her English wasn’t that good. She responded, “I understand what he said. But… boring! No reason for the Bible to be boring!”
His lack of preaching skills was due to a motivation problem. He couldn’t preach because his heart wasn’t in it. He didn’t have the “want-to.”
If you are a leader at church, or serve on a committee at church, or work in a para-church organization, hear this: if you are doing ministry because you feel like you have to… you need to examine your motives. God wants you to want to.
Every year churches have the same problem with a lot of their committees. No one wants to be the chair of the committee. “I’ll be on it (begrudgedly) but don’t put me in charge. No one wants to take the reigns of leadership! Sometimes the committee decides: Let’s just not have a head of committee. We’ll all just do our jobs and lead together. The result: the committee is weakened and nothing gets done.
You might say: “But I don’t have the skills to lead!” I would say, “But do you have the “want to?” God is able to supply the skills to those that possess the “want to.” I pray that God will move you to a position where you can lead for His glory… where you WANT to lead for His glory.
WE NEED MORE LEADERS.