Everyone needs to branch out.
Though this term is related to trees, it ultimately relates to growth. Growth must happen in order to branch out.
There comes a time when everyone must make their way. A time when the training and testing is complete, and we must embrace the unknown.
Sometimes its an exciting experience and other times, it can be quite terrifying.
Leaders should promote branching out.
Most leaders enjoy investing in the lives of others. We enjoy teaching, mentorship and discipleship. We enjoying watching the journey of experience unfold within the lives of those we lead.
Eventually, growth is evident.
The right decisions are made and the right steps are taken. No longer through convincing, but through their own conviction.
There’s something really exciting at the moment, when the investment of time and energy pays off.
This past Sunday, 2 of our students branch out.
One of the College & Career Students whom I mentor, chose to embrace baptism. Moreover, I had the honour of baptising him.
As if that wasn’t cool enough, one of our teens who had accepted Christ a couple of weeks previous, chose to share his testimony to the congregation. A fantastic account of God’s love!
I should add, these are not extremely outgoing guys. To say I’m proud to be a part of their experience would be an understatement.
They chose to branch out.
These young men, though at different stages in their faith-walk, chose to take these paths. Though unique, they both gave public confessions that they want to follow Jesus.
Now they must embrace the challenges that come with their decisions. No one can prevent the tests and trials that they must now endure.
Branching out takes courage.
Our convictions have to be strong, in order to overcome the fear and anxiety that comes from these milestones of growth.
The leader may assist in that growth process, but the actual steps to branch out are not ones that a leader can force. Nor can the leader take those steps for the people they lead.
Jesus Promoted Branching Out.
In Luke 9, we find the following passage.
“When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: ‘Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’ So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.” (9:1-6)
There came a time when the disciples needed to make their mark on this world. Jesus chose to longer be by their side through every experience.
They had to branch out into the world, and complete the work that Jesus had mentored them through. This proves Jesus’ incredible leadership ability.
How have you experienced growth lately? Do you feel the need to branch out in a certain area of your life? Have you been mentoring or discipling the growth of someone else? How have they branched out under your leadership?