How Do I Measure Up?

At our MVP (Men Value Prayer) Breakfast this morning, we looked at 8 essentials for great leaders listed in our study book (“Spiritual Leadership” by J. Oswald Sanders). When one reads such a list, there is a tendency to try to measure the strength of his leadership by how he is doing with these eight essentials (Vision, courage, integrity, compassion, etc). How do we measure up to such standards? Can I give a truthful personal assessment? I actually find that my assessment may be over the top toward my favor.

In the Bible, we discussed the following scripture: Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.

How important it is not to “measure ourselves” or to think too highly of ourselves. Our self-judgments are subject to error because we are blinded by our own pride, our “measuring stick” is just plain wrong, and listen, it is God who gives success and gifts…they are not found in our own power and efforts.

I like the quote from the book, “God Can Use Nobodies” by James Montgomery Boice: “Moses spent the first 40 years of his life learning to be somebody. The next 40 years, he learn how to be a nobody. The last 40 years, Moses was taught that God is everything.

We may not have 120 years to settle this matter…Today, let’s give our lives to God…who is Everything

3 thoughts on “How Do I Measure Up?”

  1. Awesome truth! Love the Boice quote especially, and it reminds me of that old saying about “I’m just a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody who will save anybody.”

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