Have you ever had things like this going through your head?
I need to build my platform.
I need to put something pithy out on social media.
I need more followers to like my page.
I certainly have. If I’m honest about it, I have to admit this is just the latest version of something that has been present all along. A few years ago, it used to be this:
If the right person could just hear my song.
If I could meet someone from a record label.
If I could just get the right person to recommend me to the right church.
And, it goes on and on.
When I look at the people God has used to lead and influence others, something becomes quickly obvious. He chooses the most unlikely, not the most “networked.” He called…
…Moses in isolation while tending sheep.
…Gideon while he was hiding.
…Andrew and Peter while they were fishing.
…Martin Luther on horseback.
…and you, before anyone else knew your name.
If He could find you, call you, and prepare you, don’t you think He can get you where He wants you to be with the opportunities He wants you to have? It won’t be who you know and how smart you are in adding Twitter followers that will matter.
Can you imagine getting to heaven and finding out that if you had only gone to that lunch and met a certain publisher, your book or song would have been the one that changed the world? I promise you, God is not wringing His hands hoping you get better at building your network.
It occurs to me that if I’ll spend my energy and focus on knowing Him and doing all I can to develop my craft telling people about Him, He will handle the rest.
I guess it comes down to this – my energy needs to be spent on having something to say and saying it in the very best way, and not on building a platform to say it on.
Know Jesus. And trust Him with the rest of it.
Sounds like a plan.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.