The Pulse: The Necessary Ingredient

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Dan is the EFCC's Leadership Catalyst

Much has been written and said about leading people. But there is one common thread — one consistent and non-negotiable element.

Trust.

For Christians, this takes on a new dimension — the way we trust people is intertwined with the way we trust God.

In his book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge noted that:

To change the behaviour of a system, you must identify and change the limiting factor. The challenge that God has among us is our reluctance to trust.

MISTRUST: when we suspect that people aren’t being completely honest, and/or may have hidden agendas.

DISTRUST: when we’re convinced that people are wilfully deceitful, and/or aren’t working for the common good.

While making my way through chemotherapy these past few months, I have been struck with the importance of trusting God. Oswald Chambers in his devotional book My Utmost for His Highest said:

Put Trust in God First. Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others. If I put my trust in human beings first, the end result will be my despair and hopelessness toward everyone. I will become bitter because I have insisted that people be what no person can ever be — absolutely perfect and right. Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Psalm 20:7

Trusting others, trusting leaders in the kingdom is directly proportional to my trust of Him. The by-product of that focused trust in God is noted by S.D. Gordon:

Cooperation increases efficiency in amazing proportions. Two working together in perfect agreement have a fivefold effect on efficiency in comparison to two working separately. The Bible says that one can handle a thousand but two will put 10,000 to flight. God’s plan for us will involve a new level of unity…a new level of trust.

Stephen M.R. Covey, in his book The Speed of Trust, clarifies things into a formula:

(S x E)T = R  (Strategy times Execution) multiplied by TRUST equals Results.

We always need to be aware of our strategies and evaluating our execution but our trust level demands constant vigilance.

Lewis Smedes said in The Power of Promises:

Yes, somewhere people still make and keep promises. They choose not to quit when the going gets rough because they promised once to see it through. They stick to lost causes. They hold on to a love grown cold. They stay with people who have become pains in the neck. They still dare to make promises and care enough to keep the promises they make. I want to say to you that if you have a ship you will not desert, if you have a people you will not forsake, if you have causes you will not abandon, then you are like God!

What a marvellous thing a promise is! When a person makes a promise, she reaches out into an unpredictable future and makes one thing predictable: she will be there even when being there costs her more than she wants to pay. When a person makes a promise, he stretches himself out into circumstances that no one can control and controls at least on thing: he will be there no matter what the circumstances turn out to be. With one simple word of promise, a person creates an island of certainty in a sea of uncertainty.

We all promised to trust Jesus with our salvation and our placement in His kingdom.
May our trust in Him and our resolve to follow Him together be increased!