Jesus Relied On People And You Should Too

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When I read the Gospels, I’m struck by the number of times Jesus relied on the kindness of people to help accomplish His mission.

In Luke 5, Jesus borrowed Simon’s boat so that he might preach from the waters edge.

In Luke 19, Jesus borrowed a small donkey to ride into Jerusalem.

In Luke 22, Jesus borrowed a room for the last supper.

In Luke 23, after his death, Jesus is placed in a borrowed tomb.

These examples give us a glimpse of the many ways that Jesus counted on people.  He relied on their kindness, their willingness, their generosity and their belongings to aid in his mission and ministry.  God still does this today.

He chose to live a simple life, not bound by possessions (even a home or an assets to speak of Luke 9:58).  Jesus had the power to call all the angels of heaven for any need that would arise, yet he chose to rely on those around him. Jesus has always relied on people during his ministry on earth and now, through the church.

As an owner – you need to become a lender.

What is it that you have that can be used by Jesus today?  What are you being asked to give? Lend it. He is counting on you.

Jesus relied on other people and we should too. Why should leaders today rely on others?

1) Because it involves people in kingdom work – and at times, they may not even realize it.  People need to be needed.

2) It creates a sense of ownership in the kingdom work.  It often takes a simple suggestion from a leader to ignite within someone else a passion to give, serve or share.  I don’t know why it doesn’t dawn on us naturally, but we just don’t think about it, usually, until we’ve been invited to.

3) It helps move the message of the Gospel forward.  Stories of faithfulness always inspire.  I remember once being at a ministry event when a guy gave Harvest a drum set.  We still use it ten years later.  Another guy gave us some cymbals and stands.  Another guy gave us a bass amp.  All three of these were used last night and I recounted the story with those around me.  Giving and generosity moves the gospel forward in ways we will never understand!

You know what happened after Jesus borrowed the boat to preach from? A miracle occurred.  Those fisherman went out again to fish and at the prompting of Jesus let their nets out on the other side of the boat.  The load of fish they caught, even after a night of catching nothing, almost sunk the boat. When they finally pulled back to shore, they left everything – nets, boats and all those fish – and followed Jesus.

As a leader — you need to become a borrower.

You need to become comfortable relying on people.  Accepting their gifts.  Utilizing their possessions.  Borrowing their talents and abilities. It’s often in those moments that their lives are changed. People want to be generous and helpful.  But so often, we ask for too little.  We rob them of the opportunity to give and grow.

I’ve often hear stories of people who got close to someone famous.  They got a drumstick at a concert.  Or maybe a picture with the person.  Or they caught the baseball.  But if you want to take it a notch up, it’s when someone “famous” requests something of you.  I remember a time when a singer / songwriter came to our church and had to borrow my guitar.  I talked about it for months afterwards – this person was relying on me and something I owned to make it happen.

I imagine conversations spoken with those owners from scripture.  “Yeah, Jesus borrowed our boat.”  Or “Did you see Jesus riding in on that donkey – yeah, that was mine.”  Or “you know that the Last Supper was at my place don’t you?”

They were in.  They felt like they were part of it.  Indeed, they were.   Jesus had relied on them and he is relying on us today.

What will you give him?  What is he asking from you?

As a leader in the church, how are you relying on people?  How are you giving your people opportunities for ministry with you?

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