Each month, we make it a point to meet up to basically update one another of what’s happening in each of our own Lifegroups. One by one we share our answered prayers and our own struggles in life.
Each of us know that life is not easy. We need each other, and yes, even in reaching out to different types of people requires an enormous amount of encouragement from people who share the same calling.
Being a Life Group leader is not about being called a church “leader”. The truth is very far from it! Inasmuch as we enjoy seeing the life of each of our members be transformed from glory to glory through the Word of God, it also involves a lot of sacrifice and hardwork.
It is true that we enjoy fellowshipping with one another and sharing our lives together but it’s not always rainbows and unicorns. Times of testing cannot be avoided and this is when the real faith and character of a Life Group Leader kicks in.
At times, you ask yourself these questions?
- Would you still keep choosing to show up after all your members agreed to meet up then one by one they called saying she/he couldn’t make it?
- Would you still continue to follow up with them after finding out they have gone back to their old “ways” and no longer answer your phonecalls or reply to text messages?
- Would you admit to them the truth that sometimes you also get tired and wish they would somehow just appreciate your efforts?
- Would you share your flaws and tell them that you are also just as vulnerable as everyone else in the world and need the same amount of encouragement and prayers from them?
- Would you love them as Christ loves His church?
Indeed, it requires a lot of hard work, time and effort but if we will focus our eyes on ourselves, it will only drive us to a pity party and more grumbling and murmuring. One of the ways we encourage ourselves is to see them the way God does – a sheep without a shepherd. Look past their flaws and imperfections, cultivate the fruit of the Holy Spirit – humility, love, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control and loads of patience in order to understand that these people were once just like ourselves – lost and in need of a Savior.
We are His ambassadors, His hands and feet in this fallen world. And if we don’t go to them, then how will they hear. And whether they choose to show up or not, God honors our obedience. And most importantly, we set our eyes on Jesus – He is our prize! Indeed, it is hard but it’s eternally rewarding and the fact that we have been chosen by God, Himself, is a great privilege – a reward in itself. 🙂
So, if you ask me, will I keep chasing and looking out for the lost? Definitely! Up to my dying breath! Why? Because Jesus died for them and these little flocks that were entrusted to me – they are my crowns when I get to heaven. And I’d most certainly want to hear God say to me as I enter the gates of heaven,
“Well done, my good and faithful servant, well done!”
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – John 15:16, NIV
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” – Mathew 9:36, NLT
“So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” – 2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT
“This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.” – Revelation 14:12, NIV
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns!” – Isaiah 52:7, NLT
“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14, NIV