Never make a promise you cannot keep. This thought holds true to every area of life: work, marriage, parenting, and spiritual leadership.
The word promise is a key thought throughout scripture. On Pentecost, Peter referred to the benefits of obeying the gospel as a “promise for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.”
Paul spoke of Gentiles being “strangers to the covenants of promise.” He later wrote concerning the power of the gospel to make the “Gentiles fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus.”
God made a promise by swearing with an oath, to both Abraham and David, concerning the coming of Jesus.
The writer of the book of Hebrews uses the promise made to Abraham as foundational to understanding God’s promise to us, and it is impossible for God to lie.
Because of God’s promise, our spiritual leadership has purpose. We are leading souls to Christ to receive a promise made by our God, an eternal promise worth giving and living our life to receive.