New levels, New devils

2486595751_d620c72eb91Many of us want to grow but we don’t realise that at every new level of growth is a new devil awaiting us. I encourage you to not let the romantic ideas of expansion and growth blind you to the challenges of moving forward but at the same time don’t allow the new devil you face to intimidate you on your growth journey.

When you go shopping the rule of thumb generally is, the greater the quality of the product, the more you must be willing to pay. There are some great bargains out there but generally this is true. In life and leadership the same is often true. The greater the quality of leadership you wish to exercise the greater the price you must be willing to pay.

As influence increases the price tag increases as well. What sort of leader do you need to become to lead at a higher level. As John Maxwell says, “You can’t go up if you don’t give up something.” What do you need to give up in order to go up to a higher level of influence?

Keep in mind that the price tag of influence must be payed by everyone on the team not just you or the point leader. In Numbers 13 there is the story of Moses sending out 12 spies into the Promised Land to bring back a positive report of the land. Upon their return only 10 of the 12 spies were willing to pay the price of possessing the land and their lack of faith ended up holding back 1-2million of their fellow countrymen from entering into God’s promise for them for 40years. A hefty price to pay. Success and failure both have a price tag but failure is filled with the price tag of regret. It’s not enough for the Caleb’s and Joshua’s to just pay the price, everyone on the team must be brought to that point of sacrifice.

Thirdly, how you see yourself will determine what price you are willing to pay. The 10 spies saw themselves as grasshoppers and so they seemed to the giants in the land. When you see yourself as a grasshopper, you don’t see yourself worthy of taking on giants. One of the purposes of God in your life is to renew your mindset about yourself so that you can fulfill what God has called you to fulfill.

Victories don’t come at bargain prices. There are no shortcuts to true significance. You must pay the price of a greater level of influence if this is what you desire. The price tag can look like different things to different people but if you would tweak your daily schedule or add 15mins to your reading time or repent of that attitude or save an extra $10 every week or run an extra 5mins or spend an extra hour a week with your kids, things will begin to shift slowly at first but over time will compound with interest. Get moving.

Lead the Change!

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One Response to “New levels, New devils”

  1. Hi Corey,

    Just a quick correction, its was only 2 of the 12 not 10 of the 12.

    Thanks for your thoughts , I love the heart that you serve with and agree that yes it is how we see ourselves that can effect the ministry that we are called to have.

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