Stretch, Then Refresh

Jesus sent out His 12 disciples to preach to their world. He equipped them and gave them the power and authority to cast out demons, make decisions, and be His representatives. Luke 9:6 says the 12 disciples “departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere.” Interestingly, when they returned, Jesus “took them and went aside privately into a deserted place…” (Luke 9:10).

This is a great reminder that, as a leader, you have to stretch and refresh. He stretched the 12 to do something they had never done, then He brought them in for private training, encouragement, and rejuvenation.

As a leader, how are you intentionally helping your followers stretch their gifts and talents? Do you limit their personal growth by not giving them challenging opportunities? Follow Jesus’ example. Stretch your followers. Then make sure you provide times to refresh and restore them.


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