“Safe?” said Mr Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.” ~ C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Most of us have constructed in our hearts some kind of personal contract with God–an agreement, of which we are barely conscious, that restricts what God will or won’t do in response to our efforts to follow his ways.
For Christian leaders, this contract often includes agreements like these:
- If I do what You say, my church or organization will grow in numbers.
- If I follow Your lead, my sphere of influence will get bigger.
- If I do what You say, I will be safe, my family will be safe, and we won’t suffer much.
- If I follow Your lead, the path will generally make sense to me and lead to the kind of success I envision.
And so on. But the problem, which every Christian leader has to face up to sooner or later, is that God never signed that contract. He often works in ways that can seem counterintuitive, nonsensical, and even dangerous to us. Scripture is full of examples of this, though we tend to not really see them. So here are a few examples of ways God may bust up your paradigm: