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Barb’s Corner: Kingdom Leadership
Jesus said, “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Mt. 22;14). What does that mean? When you enter into the Kingdom of God through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you enter into a dimension you have never encountered before. Every person who enters through that Door has a Kingdom purpose he or she has never known before. We are all, in a sense, called to some purpose in God’s Kingdom. However, being chosen means we have passed certain tests—Kingdom tests—that prove our tenacity. In other words, God has built into each one of us gifts and talents, but not all of us will become “stars” with those gifts and talents.
Many have called the Kingdom of God the “upside-down Kingdom” because God’s ways are so completely opposite of human ways. As we live in this world and learn human ways, then begin to operate in God’s Kingdom, we must “unlearn” our natural tendencies and relearn to do things the way God wants them done. So, the first action we must take as Leaders in the Body of Christ is to take inventory. Godly leaders have, first of all, an intimate relationship with their Heavenly Father. Through this relationship they begin to understand the gifts and callings in their own lives.
Do I know my Heavenly Father in an intimate, loving way or is He my employer?
What natural talents do I have (Romans 12: 2-8)?
What supernatural gifts do I have (I Cor. 12:4-11)?
Second, a Kingdom Leader understand Chain of Command. In other words, they understand they must be in submission to a spiritual covering—a bishop, a pastor, mentors, advisors, etc. They must understand their position and refuse to move into areas where they have no anointing for leadership. For example, you may be called to move in the prophetic, but the anointing is for prophetic prayer and intercession. If the anointing is for that specific aspect of the prophetic, and instead you decide to pronounce from the rooftops what God is showing you, you will find yourself without anointing or following. On the other hand, if you know you are called to the Media mountain as a prophetic voice and the Lord has given you the anointing (unction) for that work, doors will open to you and you will find yourself with an audience who listens, and a prophetic voice the changes lives in the news media. You will shine.
Third, a Kingdom Leader counts the cost of leadership. Many covet (wrongly) what they consider fame, glory, accolades, etc. But they don’t count the cost of leadership. Jesus said this, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul” (Mt. 16: 24-26)? I usually say it this way: Salvation is a free gift, but discipleship will cost you everything. Don’t be in a hurry to grasp leadership. Count the cost.
Finally, a Kingdom Leader demonstrates integrity and character. In other words, gifts aren’t fruit. Gifts are glittery—they dazzle. When the Holy Spirit shows up in power, He dazzles. But it isn’t how high we fly. It’s how straight we walk when we come down. It’s the day-in, day-out walk with Christ that matters. It’s what we do behind closed doors when no one is looking that matters. It’s understanding that, being great in the Kingdom of God is being the slave of all. It’s not having the emotions of jealousy, envy, greed, and self-promotion percolating in our souls. It’s walking in genuine humility, being willing to receive correction from the newest, rawest Christian you know. It’s giving until it hurts and doing it with joy. It’s being inconvenienced. That’s leadership.
So today, as you go about your day, begin the process by spending time with your beloved King and Father. Deal with your junk and let Him wash you clean. Let promotion come in His time and in His way. Enjoy the journey!