Adversity = Fuel
I remember earlier on in my ministry, one Sunday morning after the service, a well to do older gentleman came up to me and told me that my type of music didn’t belong in church. It was contemporary worship music, I think it may have even been “Open The Eyes Of My Heart” (cue Paul Baloche).
I’ll be honest… I was really stinking frustrated at the time. But at the same time, I needed it. This man didn’t know it, but his words that I assumed were meant to push me away actually fueled me and pushed me to do what I felt like God was calling me to all the more. Since then, that person apologized for his words and we’ve moved on.
It makes me reflect back on my Pastor’s series on Nehemiah (Gaining Ground)
In Nehemiah 4:15 it says, “And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.”
One of the greatest tests of leadership is how you handle adversity. Nehemiah faced what most people do in leadership: ridicule, resistance, and rumors. If you’re not facing adversity in your leadership, you may need to evaluate it.
Adversity=Fuel For Growth
But Nehemiah modeled the right response to all three of these challenges. He relied on God. He RESPECTED the opposition. He REINFORCED his weak areas. He REASSURED the people he led, helped to RENEW their strength consistently, and ultimately he REFUSED to quit.
Persistence is the ultimate gauge, and the secret is to outlast your critics.
I learned that day that you MUST stay committed to your ultimate calling.
Have you ever had a time where adversity fueled you? I’d love to hear about it. Drop a comment below 👇