‘My name is Nigel and I’m a follower of Jesus’.
Even on first meeting, I’d love it if this introduction told someone all that they needed to know about me and my response towards them as a human being. Needless to say, it’s simply where I aspire to be – I remain a work in progress!
‘Jesus and my leadership’ is a great title, but it will have to remain in the ‘blog titles I wish I’d thought of’ pile, as I’m merely directing you to an article which Charles Hewlett, the national leader of Baptist Churches of New Zealand has written for their ‘Baptist Magazine’ with that very title.
Since spending some time with their national leadership team for many years now I’ve really appreciated the output from our brothers and sisters from New Zealand, and their magazine regularly pops up with some great thought and heart inspiring articles like this one.
In it Charles shares six simple questions he has used to take stock of his relationship with Jesus. Under his sixth point, “Am I asking myself questions?’ he says:
I have found it helpful over the years to proactively ask myself a series of questions based on Philippians 3:7‑11. I pull them out of my drawer from time to time. It’s amazing how quickly they bring focus!
- As a result of my learning, listening and serving this week, do I actually know Jesus more?
- Do I appreciate him more?
- How is my relationship with him growing stronger?
- Am I becoming more aware of the things that are important to him?
- Am I displaying the fruit of the Spirit more?
- Am I experiencing the resurrecting power of Jesus more and more in my life?
- Am I becoming more fervent about sharing my Jesus with others?
- Is my desire growing to see people and communities transformed by Jesus?
- Is the idea of sharing in the sufferings of Jesus just a little less scary than before?