• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Becoming aware

Being aware of your own business, your competition, and the environment is critical to the success of any organization.”  Read past the business language and you will see how relevant this statement is to the mission in which we are engaged.  A lack of awareness as to our ultimate vision and purpose could lead to fruitlessness.  Being unaware of those forces that work against us and the changing context in which we live and minister could slow down a movement of disciples and communities of believers.

A natural question that follows from this insight is: how does one become more aware?Self Awareness _The Thinker

The Gospel Leader Profile (GLP) is a tool used by World Team leaders and workers to challenge to further growth in God’s grace.  One of the areas that this profile focuses on is: self awareness.  The GLP puts it this way:

Self-awareness of one’s own need for the Gospel and personal development in relation to God, self and other team members.  A leader/worker reflects a proper estimate of their own strengths and weakness and also seeks insights from others around them.  They keep a close check on their physical and emotional health in the varying seasons of life.  They seek to maintain healthy boundaries in relationships and on the use of their time.”

A natural question that follows from this insight is: how does one become more aware, more self aware?

This is worth chewing on over a few more posts.  I would welcome your insights.  One step to start with might be to ask others how they are “receiving” us as an agency; and how we as individuals make others feel when we are with them?  Not easy questions.

 

7 Responses

  1. By allowing the word of God through the Holy Spirit to judge the heart, thoughts & actions. Our actions are the symptom of a heart condition & can always be traced back to that root.

    If the word of God is constantly being allowed to search & know us & show us any grievous way in us, then we can be aware of our weakness & strengths in light of truth.

    Those weaknesses exposed are a grace from The Lord to renew us & remind us of his enduring love & unmatchable forgiveness & it empowers us to look on others with compassion & hold healthy boundaries, be bold, walk in love towards others – as He has loved us, in order to show our love for him.

  2. The best I have seen on this subject is found in Marvin Mayers’ book CHRISTIANITY CONFRONTS CULTURE: A Strategy for Cross-Cultural Evangelism. In the first part of the book he deals with the “acceptance of the person” beginning with the question of trust and then dealing with the self, the other, and concluding this section with the importance of mutual respect.

    The Bible passage that comes to mind is Romans 12: 3 -5 –especially verse 3; “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.”

    In relation to this topic I am continuing to learn the depths of God’s grace in the gospel, I do this by believing that in Christ I am perfectly holy and righteous and therefore fully accepted by God assured that He who knew no sin became sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God in Him. I need to believe that regardless of background that He who has begun a good work in the other will complete it unto the day of Christ. As I believe that of the other I need to also believe that just as God is working in the other that He is also working in me by His grace both to will and to do of His good pleasure and that if anyone is in Christ he/she is a new creation and that old things have pasted away and all things have become new. The gospel is the key to having the right and healthy assessment of both myself and others that impacts both interpersonal and corporate relationships and especially cross-cultural relations.

    • I should add to what I wrote above. I have observed that if a person fails to have a proper assessment of self and others they cannot be good leaders and neither can they mentor others into good leadership.

    • You nailed it right when you said: “As I believe that of the other I need to also believe that just as God is working in the other that He is also working in me by His grace both to will and to do of His good pleasure and that if anyone is in Christ he/she is a new creation and that old things have pasted away and all things have become new. The gospel is the key to having the right and healthy assessment of both myself and others that impacts both interpersonal and corporate relationships and especially cross-cultural relations.” Thanks Ed for the gospel reminder!

  3. Funny, I have been chewing on your last question recently myself as I prepare to lead a local workshop on “Self-Care: how to stay balanced” to a group of ex-pat missionaries in our area. This question of how does one become more aware, and specifically self-aware, is such a good one in light of our ongoing global discussion on Biblical community. One of my core beliefs on becoming more self-aware is that it occurs best in the context of accountability or a Biblical community model. When we invite others in to find out how they perceive us, or what impressions we give off – we are seeking, in humility, a better version of ourselves, one that looks more like Jesus. The only way to gather that kind of information is to be vulnerable, to seek each other out, and to rub shoulder in ministry so we can truly observe one another and potential blind spots.

    I look forward to the next post on this subject and hope others chime in on how they personally become more ‘self-aware’?

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