Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, my faith would be made stronger in the presence of my Saviour – Oceans, Bethel Music
Spirit lead me…Often I find myself saying these words over and over again until I believe it. Until the Holy Spirit becomes real to me and until I can drown out the loud human voice bombarding my thought life. The mission statement for Izandla reads as follows:
Izandla ZeAfrika strives to advance the Kingdom of God and share the love of Christ by being His hands and feet in rural Africa as guided by the Holy Spirit.
This is who we are. This is what we believe. That in all things, we as a team of friends and believers would learn to trust the voice of the Spirit and wait on Him for guidance. For us there is no other way. And currently, in selecting board members to help us govern this organisation well, Christoff and I have the responsibility to wait on the Lord and choose people who are like-minded, who stand firm in their conviction of Christ and, above all, who know the voice of the Spirit and have a relationship with Him. This last point is fundamental to who we as Izandla ZeAfrika are. This organisation was not birthed to simply be another humanitarian agency. No, we were convicted and called by Christ to be His hands and feet here in rural Africa and to trust Him to direct our every step and to do the seemingly impossible – change lives forever through love.
We know all to well that this stance will open the door to ridicule and the questioning of our sanity. Only last night I told Christoff that one of my biggest human fears is that, by following the Spirit and flowing in the prophetic, people will call me crazy or “airy fairy”. Those who know me well, especially those who have worked with me on a professional level, will know that I am a driven, rational person. Yet in this season that we find ourselves God has called us to simply trust Him and do as the Spirit leads. As simple as that. Simple, right? Wrong! The bible is very clear about the cost of following Christ and trusting the voice of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14-15 states:
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgement.
These verses warn us that people won’t always understand the decisions we make, especially if they don’t seem to make sense from a worldly or business perspective. And let me put it out there right now – we are sometimes going to appear stark raving mad in the decisions we make as the management team of Izandla. But we find comfort in the last verse that says, hey, it’s ok to make these judgements if you truly follow the guidance of the Spirit – man’s judgement means naught!
Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Gal. 1:10
We will make mistakes along the road. At times we might not hear the voice of God as we had hoped. But this promise I am making now – to submit every aspect of Izandla’s doings to God in prayer; to always wait on Him and if we don’t have peace, to wait on Him some more. We are by no means perfect. But we are willing. And we are hungry for Christ and to see the lost reunited with the Lover of their souls.