Some years ago, when I was actively involved in hosting programs under the platform of House of Vasileia which we intentionally paused for reasons best known to us, a brother who Pastors one of the finest and sound churches I can think of asked me “do you plan starting a Church?” I responded “I haven’t gotten any instruction to do so. Whatever you see me doing now, I feel that is what every “normal” Christian should be doing. House of Vasileia is not a Church, I don’t have plans to start a Church, I am just a believer who loves to share about Jesus. If God eventually demands such of me tomorrow, I still wouldn’t say “no” but if I should judge by what is obtainable now, I do not think I’ll ever ‘own’ a Church.”
“Stick to your convictions,” he said. It sounded simple but it was powerful.
Today, I haven’t stopped talking about Jesus, I haven’t stopped leading. As much as you wouldn’t see me today on any flyer, banners, posters or big stages, I am satisfied Pastoring the unit fellowship committed to me, I am satisfied sitting down on major service days to learn. You’ve heard people say “we all must not be great” but I say to you “we all must not pass through the same route to greatness. Greatness is diverse and unique.”
It is easier to be tempted to think that you’ve lost your relevance when you find yourself serving outside the spotlight or at the backstage where you do not handle the mic, where the light isn’t on you, where you aren’t on the spotlight and where your services are not loud but profound. This is more true for those who have tasted the stage, gotten accolades, led the crowd, received “ride on sir!” and so on.
I once told my woman, “the easiest thing to do as a Pastor is preaching. The hardest part of a pastor’s work is administration. I am very good in the former, I have humbled myself to learn the latter no matter how long it takes.”
We have been deceived to think that a good leader is one who has oratory power and appears on the stage all the time. No, leadership is administration, it is the ability to manage people, raise them and position them rightly. I haven’t said that preaching or teaching is easy but I am saying that it is the easiest part of a Pastor’s job. After the six powerful messages every Sunday on 6 different services, a Pastor still has much more work waiting for him… The core part of leadership doesn’t happen from the stage.
So, when you see yourself working backstage, do not think you are not a leader, do not limit your idea of leadership to the stage. At such time, it’s also easy to be tempted to seek relevance by desiring and pushing yourself to get to the stage, to make your voice heard, to hear people clap for you. In doing this, many have ended up leaving the path God designed for them. There is no hurry in life.
What you may not realize is that whenever you are trying hard to prove who you are, then, you aren’t who you claim that you are. It’s not a problem to desire to be something but you must learn to grow into it and when you’ve grown into it, you won’t have tough times manifesting it. Jesus waited for so many years just for a three-year ministry. Meanwhile, John had been in ministry all the while, he was very loud and commanded authority. There was no competition between Jesus and John, they both had unique ministries with John’s ministry fulfilling its purpose at the emergence of Jesus. The purpose of John’s ministry was simply to announce Jesus.
Here is me reminding you that for the most part of Jesus’s life on earth, he wasn’t in the spotlight but he was relevant. Don’t mount pressure on yourself, don’t shout… Just keep serving, keep working at the backstage if that’s where your fulfilment lies. I am not promising you that one day you’ll be heard or celebrated on stage, your relevance is not tied to the stage. I am however reminding you that being relevant isn’t about being seen on stage, it about fulfilling that purpose for which God designed and called you.
Stop fighting to be heard, stop fighting to be seen. Just go ahead and be you, if you should be heard, you’ll be heard. If you have to always struggle hard to become it, then you are not it.