“Remember your leaders, who spoke the Word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7, NIV).
Remember your leaders
Too often we fail to see ourselves in connection with the rest of humanity throughout all of history. We view today as an isolated moment in time rather than a continuation of God’s sovereign plan to reconcile the world to Himself.
This isolation keeps us from relating meaningfully to great heroes and heroines of faith who have gone before us and robs us of some of the most powerful role models and mentors we could ever hope to have. Imagine it! Simply by reading a book, listening to audio, or watching a video, you can learn the secrets of doing great things for God from some of the greatest mentors of the Christian faith.
While these faith runners were alive, only a handful of people could get close to them. Regardless of influence and popularity, most people have a fairly small inner network of confidants who spend time with them, share their heart, and participate in their struggles of faith.
Resources like It's My Turn, however, allow us a window into their life of faith, even when many walked this earth hundreds of years before us. We can read entries from their journals, sit in their meetings, watch their adventures unfold, and observe them in their best, as well as most vulnerable, moments.
To do so, we must first remember our leaders.
Consider your YOUnique ministry, the niche of life and calling where God has positioned you. Who before you has been called to a similar niche? Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to you men or women of God who have laid the groundwork for your calling. Do some research if you do not know of anyone. You can search online, in a seminary or church library, or ask a mentor or teacher.