Today I want to take a little detour from talking about promises. I promise to get back to it soon. I want to relate a dream I had last night and what God spoke to me about it.
I played basketball my high school years. Being only 5′ 8″, I could not mix it up under the basket for rebounds, so I learned how to handle the ball and shoot outside. I became the point guard and play maker for our team. Last night, I dreamed of those “glory days” again. I was inbounding the ball to the captain of the team. As I stepped in bounds, I looked toward our basket and saw 2 of our players wide open. A quick pass to them would result in an easy 2 points. The captain handed the ball to me and I turned to fire the ball down court. But he did not let go of the ball. No matter how hard I tried, I could not pass the ball as long as the captain was holding on to it.
I woke up immediately and God began talking to me. The scripture in Ephesians 4:11-16 came to mind. It talks about how God has set apostles, prophets, Evangelists, pastors and teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. It then goes on to say that the saints will be no more children, tossed and blown about by every wind of doctrine. It also says that as each one does its special work, it helps the other parts grow so that the whole body is healthy.
I have observed so many leaders who are not allowing the members of the body to grow up. They wish to keep their hands on all aspects of the ministry to maintain control. They place someone in the position, but will not allow them to perform without direct supervision. It is like a parent who wants their child to ride a bicycle, but will not take their hand off even when the rider knows how to keep their balance. One word of advice to those in ministry who are doing this: Take your hand off the bicycle! Your people do not need to seek God for their ministry as long as you are telling them every move to make. Let them grow up. Just like the basketball game, you will not get the victory you so desire until you are willing to let go of the ball!