Toward the end of David’s Budapest message, he posed some powerful questions to challenge and inspire our leaders. We wanted to share them with you, along with some of his closing remarks.

1. Are there things the Lord may be asking us to let go of, such as expectations, reputations, places, or positions where we have found security and identity?

Perhaps it’s a resentment, a fear, or an offense that we have carried for too long. It might even be a good thing that the Lord wants us to offer back to Him. Like Isaac on the altar, it may or may not be given back—but the path of obedience is before us and God is asking us to respond in faith.

2. Do you see spiritual transformation as a catch phrase that describes the better kind of Christian that you’d like to be? Or do you see it as a promise of God, always there to be claimed day by day and moment by moment?

3. Do you see your identity in Jesus as a theological reality that exists only to save you from God’s condemnation, or do you also see it as a wonderful reality that continually keeps you from condemning yourself and others? Is it an identity that guards your heart from jealousy and resentment? Because it’s meant to do that and so much more.

4. Do you see joy as something optional that is nice to have when situations and circumstances warrant it? Or is joy building in you as part of the fruit of the Spirit that grows when we abide in Christ? Is joy part of your core identity that strengthens you and those around you to face hardships and make good decisions?

Dear friends, there’s a difference between being productive and being fruitful. We can be fruitful regardless of our position, our following, or our age. Being fruitful allows us to be fulfilled come what may, and it makes us a delight to be around. It builds a culture of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It builds healthy and effective teams, enabling us to love and serve God, one another, and those who still desperately need to know Jesus!