When Jesus’ disciples encountered hardships and threats, Jesus used these opportunities to propel them toward God in faith. He was careful not to cater to their preferences, assuage their anxieties, or diminish their distress. In most cases, Jesus challenged them to even greater risk, trusting the Father.

Because he did, they experienced God’s rescue. As a result, they grew confident in the fidelity of God and served Jesus’ Kingdom cause selflessly.

Christian leaders should be empowered to do the same.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/


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