Sunday, September 2, 2018

The Dangers Of A Fast Rise To The Top With Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo

When I was thinking about climbing, my thoughts went to those in ministry who make a fast rise to the top but end up at the bottom with a tragic fall. 

They shoot off like a rocket, but end up like a broken down piece of nothing. In any position of leadership, you have to be careful that you don’t go too far too fast or that you don’t outrun your gifts or your integrity. You can’t go any further than your character will take you.

My father, Apostle Able K. Sande said, “You don’t have to chase key men if you know the One who holds the keys.” With that in mind, I’ve never asked anyone to recommend me to a church or leadership position, and never decided to contest for anything.

While I’ve had the privilege of serving both Local, International Ministries and other ministries, I’ve never sought out or politicized for those opportunities. As someone has said, “The office should seek the man; the man shouldn’t seek the office.” When you avoid politics {being voted in place} by friends & peers, you can have a clear conscience and a calm assurance that the Lord put you in that place.
The Dangers Of A Fast Rise To The Top With Bishop Nelson Nzvimbo
When we are young, we want positions of power and influence. It’s the nature of youthful zeal and passion - but wisdom must prevail. We cannot run ahead of God. He knows where we are and what He can trust us with. When we get older, we must not resent the zeal of youth or their desire to lead. Our role is to guide, counsel, pray and encourage. Our intent should be to equip the next generation to fill our shoes without missing a beat.

Our admonition, if we are serious about investing in the next generation of leaders, should be to climb slowly, think clearly, see the dangers and accept help along the way. The leader who climbs as quickly as possible or who ignores wise counsel will make a dangerous ascent and most likely have a sudden and quick fall.

A few words of warning to the younger ones among us…:

1. Don’t accept every invitation to speak or serve. Pace yourself. This race of life is a marathon, not a 100m dash.

2. Be patient. Let God open the doors; don’t try to push them open.

3. Listen to wise counsel. Seek counsel from those who are further down the road than you are. Learn from those who made the fast climb and the equally fast fall.

4. Avoid the detours and shortcuts that are really dead-end roads.

The road to where God wants you is unique. Some move at a faster pace, while others take time to surrender to God’s plan, path and pace. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Ministries can be ruined in a day of quick judgments and un-prayed over decisions. The footsteps of the righteous are ordered of the Lord, Let God order your steps and your starts.

Be Faithful, Available and Teachable. God will take care of your calling and your opportunities. Don’t be a statistic, one of those of whom we ask, “Whatever happened to so-and-so?” The bottom of the mountain is filled with too many corpses of once great men and women who got ahead of God.

A great potion of this article was adapted from Michael Catt.

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