As I'm reading through Matthew chapters 8 and 9, I'm struck with the rapid pace of the miracles of Jesus. One after the other keep happening. In Matthew 9:35, we see the essence of Jesus' earthly ministry.
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.
In chapter twelve, Jesus very deliberately calls his twelve disciples and gives them authority to do the very same ministry He was doing. Jesus' form of leadership was empowering. He gave authority to men who hadn't yet spent much time in his classroom. "And proclaim as you go, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons." Matthew 10:7.
For many of us in leadership, this presents a challenge to our thinking. Most of the time, we are not in a mode of multiplication, but rather control and preservation of our authority. This is especially true if we have a divine call from God to do ministry, AND years of seminary training. How do we get over this, while still maintaining our integrity as overseers who will be held responsible for what is taught to new believers? (Matthew 18:6).
How comfortable are you as a leader in empowering and sending early?