“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” —Matthew 13:31-32, ESV
Regardless of where you are at in life, we want to remind you that personal transformation is a process! In the same way that it takes time for a seed planted in the ground to grow into a full, firmly established tree, it takes time to develop into the leaders we are destined to become. We want to remind you today that God is not in a hurry. Through the journey of transformation that He takes us on, we are pruned and prepared to step into the blessing of His promises, that we may be “…mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:4, NKJV). Jesus is faithful and we can trust Him through the process.
We believe that as you embrace your personal process, you will then see great fruit in your school. For example, at BSSM our students step into an environment that is full of the supernatural because of a spiritual foundation that has been established by our leaders. These spiritual fathers and mothers have experienced transformation that has created momentum in our students’ lives, enabling them to step into miracles, signs, and wonders. In fact, our students often get to experience breakthrough in the supernatural immediately, while it took years for some of our leaders to see manifestations of God’s goodness.
Below are three things to remember while you are on the journey of personal transformation. As you read this post, we pray that God would grant you encouragement and wisdom to embrace the fullness of life, revelation, and growth God has for you in this season.
All Leaders Go Through Process
Throughout the Bible, we find stories of leaders who went through a process before receiving the fullness of God’s promises to them. For Joseph, there was a process he went through between having prophetic dreams of ruling with authority to finally to stepping into his role in the palace. For Moses, there was a journey he went on between hearing God’s word to make his descendants as numerous as the stars to the birth of his first descendant, Isaac. And even David, there were years in a cave between being anointed king to finally ruling over the nation of Israel.
Remember, all leaders go through process! And God is committed to seeing you develop into the leader He has called you to be. He is fully aware of the measure of influence and authority you are destined to carry and will not let you stay in prison, wandering in the wilderness, or hiding in a cave. He is a good Father who does not leave His children in a state of discouragement, lack, or short of the promises He gives them. As Paul wrote in Philippians, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NKJV).
Celebrate What God is Doing
During the journey of transformation, we want to remind you to focus on and celebrate what God has done, not what He hasn’t done. To be continually filled with hope, we must remind ourselves of the encounters of His faithfulness in the past so they can be the firm foundation we stand upon while we wait for greater breakthroughs.
The Bible says, “…faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). Build up your faith by drawing from good news! We encourage you to take time to recount testimonies of His faithfulness in your life, in the Word, or in others’ lives. Each testimony prophesies God’s desire and ability to do the impossible in your life. You can even receive encouragement from the breakthroughs of fellow school leaders and schools by visiting the SPD Facebook page or Network. We believe these testimonies are a prophetic utterance of what God can and will do in your life and your school environment!
Surround Yourself with Strength
Each of us needs to be strengthened and encouraged throughout our personal journeys. It is important to surround yourself with those who will be a source of life to you. We encourage you to invite mentors, friends, and fellow leaders into your life who will bring strength to your soul and help you press on in your growth journey. Also, when you meet others who have obtained breakthrough or display strength in specific areas that you lack experience in, spend time with them or ask them to be part of your journey by praying for you or speaking wisdom into your life.
As leaders, the level of transformation we invite into our lives determines the measure of breakthrough we are able to impart to others. As you pursue transformation in your school environment, we encourage you to first embrace and celebrate the process of transformation the Lord is taking you through as a leader. Your growth and breakthrough will bring life to the seed of your school so that it may become the thriving, lush tree that offers its fruit and shade to all those who encounter it.