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Summit: Session 9


from Willow Creek Leadership Summit 2008: Session 9, Bill Hybels, Relentless Mother Teresa: God's radar located Mother Teresa's carte blanche yieldedness, or willingness and openness to Him.  She was committed to...

  • Little practices of love
  • Little sacrifices
  • Little fidelities to Scripture

Sobering Question:  If you were God, would you pick you for additional opportunities to make a difference in the world? Sobering Question:  If in the next 15 minutes, God called you to serve the poor and destitute in Calcutta for the rest of your life, how would you respond? Sobering Question:  What do you do when God taps you on the shoulder and asks you to step up?

Mother Teresa's response was elation and carte blanche yieldedness.

There is a direct correlation between carte blanche yieldedness, white flag surrender and receiving a fresh assignment from God.

Some people take the assignment God's given and put it on a scale and weight out what's on the other side (comfort, security, money, fame, ego) and the scales tip... just not God's way.  Don't let that be your story.  Don't every extinguish the new thing that God is trying to do in the world through you.  Refuse God nothing... you will never regret it.

When you are so enflamed with the excitement, there is usually a phase of time that is brutally difficult and in which there are many obstacles in the way.  This is a purifying time for the leader because it causes the person to deal with a bunch of questions:  How much am I willing to sacrifice?  Do I really believe that God has the power to do this?  This is the waiting period of dream-fulfillment, a time of frustration, but of important formation.

When a leader reaches the kind of clarity about the singularity of their heart for what God has called them to, God will often open up the doors.  Outlast the opposition. Be relentless.  God will release you into what he's called you into.

How bad do you want it?  How serious is your calling?

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