Be honest… at the end of your small group meeting, which of these two thoughts would you prefer is on everyone’s mind?
- “Wow, my leader is so smart! He/she explained some very interesting things.”
- “Wow, the more I thought about that verse, the more I realized what God is saying.”
The first statement isn’t necessarily bad (you definitely don’t want the opposite!); but if people are more impressed with YOU than God’s Word, you are way off course. Or to put it a little differently: If people hear your voice over the voice of the Holy Spirit, then you are in the way.
Set aside the ambition to impress.
When people go home more excited about personally following Jesus and digging into His Word – that’s a huge win! Find joy and satisfaction in that.
As you prepare for the study each week, be intentional about creating ways to help people become more impressed and intrigued with Jesus. Shape your illustrations and explanations enhance the focus on Him. Help people discover Scriptural truth for themselves (click here for more on that).
Check your motive – it can subtly drift.
Make sure you are always working hard at leading people towards Jesus – not towards you. And be sure to give Him all the glory and credit.