Today, CrossChurchSchool.com welcomes guest writer, Jordan Luton. Jordan is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry serving in the C3 Internationals Ministry, Fayetteville Campus. She is from Joplin, Missouri and graduated from the University of Arkansas.

When stepping into School of Ministry, I knew I was stepping into a leadership role. However, leadership has never been in my vocabulary nor has it ever been something that I have been drawn to. If anything, I flee from it and I’m much more content coasting in the background and letting the responsibility fall on someone else- yikes. Naturally, I’m a follower, and I am probably the most “go with the flow” person that you’ll ever meet. Although that can be seen as a positive attribute it tends to be a hindrance- especially during this daring season. Nevertheless, I’m tenderly reminded that God has specifically placed me where I am today and I can either coward in fear, retract in my flesh, or boldy lead as a follower of Christ, embrace dependency on God, and find joy in growth.

However, from this season I’ve learned that maybe God is using those very things for His divine purposes. A little over a year ago I met a girl from Japan. She’s an international student at the University of Arkansas who happens to be someone I’m praying to see come to faith and investing heavily in. We met at a church event and have been growing our friendship deeper, day by day. This year she was given the opportunity to be president of an association on campus. Honesty, it’s quite a large task to bear and a weighty position to fill. If you were to ever meet her, you’d probably gather that she’s quaint, soft spoken, and would much rather serve in the background rather than lead a team.

Nevertheless, she took on the challenge just as I did while following my call into ministry and embarking into the unknown. It’s hard to imagine that God didn’t place us in a similar season at the exact same time for no reason and to be struggling with similar attacks from the enemy. There’s only one real thing that sets our situations apart- knowing Jesus. As we have now formed trust, she confides in me and confesses to me the weight of leadership. As I have had similar struggles I am able to point her to where I find comfort, wisdom, acceptance, confidence, discernment, strength, joy, and purpose. A situation such as this reminds me of 2 Corinthians 1:4, “He who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Even when I find myself wrapped up in overly striving to be a better leader, I am reminded that I can not do this on my own and that God is intricately working in ways that I could never have fathomed. This year goes beyond my personal growth and I am a part of something so much greater- possibly being a Christ-like influence in my friend’s salvation.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be serving beside such an incredible church and people who earnestly seek after the Lord. God has taught me that even in the midst of our struggles, weaknesses, or failures- He turns those for good and uses them for His glory again and again.