Leadership in the church is not entrusted to successful fund-raisers, brilliant biblical scholars, administrative geniuses, or spellbinding preachers (though these assets may be helpful), but to those who have been laid waste by a consuming passion for Christ – passionate men and women for whom privilege and power are trivial compared to knowing and loving Jesus.
Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child again (I said this was one I was savouring, didn’t I?!).
‘Laid waste’. I love that phrase. When we know that something is laid waste, we know that there is nothing of any value in it. So also when a passion for Christ consumes us, everything else in life seems to be of no value and no longer holds us in its grip. To be laid waste by a consuming passion for Christ, then – how freeing could that be?!