You’ve no doubt heard the phrase, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters.” Well, starting is important, but it is only important if you finish well. A good start is irrelevant with a poor finish.
A disciple making pastor or leader is one that leads toward the mission, leads self first, leads the organization with clarity, leads other leaders, and one who leads all the way to the finish line.
Paul is a perfect example of a leader who finished well. Paul writes to his disciple Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” The very fact that Paul is writing to his disciple is proof that Paul finished the race making disciples. With this truth in mind, let’s look at how to finish well.
#7- Leaders finish! There are a number of reasons why some leaders don’t finish well. Sometimes it is a result of moral failure. But many times it is not a big blow out, but rather a small misstep that keeps a leader from finishing the race well. I would certainly encourage you to watch out for the major obstacles that keep you from finishing, but I would also caution you to watch out for the subtle things that cause you to stop before the finish line. Let’s focus for a minute on these subtle things that cause roadblocks to finishing the disciple making race.
Distraction! One of the most subtle reasons why pastors and leaders don’t finish the disciple making race well is because of distractions. The enemy will throw all kinds of things across your path to keep you from accomplishing the mission of making disciples. The tricky part with distractions is that most of the time these things are good things, not bad things. The enemy knows he cannot distract you with things that are bad, so he accomplishes the same end result with things that are good. As you know, good is often enemy of the best!
Discouragement! One of the subtle tricks of the enemy is to make you stop the work of disciple making by discouraging you in the work. If the enemy can get into your head and make you think it is not working, or it is not worth it, then he can cause you to stop the process. Discouragement has been the number one tool the enemy uses to stop people from the mission of making disciples.
Disobedience! One last subtle trick the enemy will use to keep you from finishing well is simply disobedience. If he can keep you from doing what God has called you to do, the mission will not be accomplished. Disobedience is the result of you deciding you want to do what you want more than doing what God wants. Adam and Eve are the perfect example of disobedience. Resolve yourself to do what God has called you to do and make disciples that make more disciples.
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