John Maxwell asked God to send leaders to build the church at every one of his pastorates. Maxwell says for fourteen years, at least once a month he would meet someone who was visiting the church for the first time. As they introduced themselves, Maxwell says the Lord would speak to him, saying, “John, there’s one.” He said the experience was very humbling, because he realized he had not done one thing to bring that person to the church. It was completely a work of God.
Later when Maxwell resigned, he had the opportunity to meet seventy-five leaders from his church for a farewell dinner. That night, he told those people how he had prayed for leaders all his life. Then Maxwell went around the room telling each person how God had answered his prayer, and about how God had said, “There’s one.” Maxwell says everyone was in tears by the time he was finished. When someone asked him how he could remember meeting everyone in such a large church, Pastor Maxwell responded, “ I don’t remember meeting every person I remember meeting you because you were one of those people I prayed God would lead into my life.” He concluded with this thought, “If you pray for leaders; if you have a heart to develop, lead, and empower people; if you’ve got a God-given vision, God will give according to your heart’s desires.”
--Lifeway Daily Devotional, January 30, 2010, Courtesy of 90 Days in the Word for Business Professionals, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Ephesians 4:11-13 (CEV) “Christ chose some of us to be apostles, prophets, missionaries, pastors, and teachers, (12) so that his people would learn to serve and his body would grow strong. (13) This will continue until we are united by our faith and by our understanding of the Son of God. Then we will be mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like him.”