Follow Your Lord (Part 3 of 3)

In today’s conclusion of this three-part blog series, I’ll share why the tradition of putting others first has the potential to cause very real trouble.

You have always been taught that the Christian thing to do is to put others before yourself. But while that expectation sounds pious in theory, it’s actually a recipe for disaster. In working with countless pastors and other church leaders over the years, I have observed a major trend: The pressure to focus on everyone else’s needs before concentrating on Jesus and what He wants to do in you personally is the fastest way to crash and burn. Letting others direct your life causes emotional stress, robs you of your focus, disrupts your peace, and leads to continually diminishing returns in every area.

Biblical servanthood doesn’t mean sacrificing your connection with God and your own growth for others. There were times when even Jesus saw urgent problems around Him and chose not to meet them because He needed to spend time with the Father. He pulled away from the crowds to focus on what God wanted to do in Him, so that God could ultimately do what He wanted to do through Him.

Choosing to keep yourself healthy — spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically — by staying constantly connected to the source of your strength isn’t selfish at all. Quite the opposite. Taking care of your relationship with Christ, and giving time to the ways He wants to grow you, is the very thing that equips you to serve your family and your ministry.

Click here to read Part 1 of this series.

Click here to read Part 2 of this series.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 80 church growth resources and 15+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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