A Kingdom Leader is responsible for all that they do. That means a leader is accountable, answerable, open to questions and subject to correction. It also means a leader does not lord it over those they are responsible to care for. There is a solid commitment to do what you say . . . when you say it will be done. There is also a commitment to treat others fairly and justly.
Jesus grew in a balanced and mature way. Can you answer for yourself as he did? Have you put away childish ways of answering accountability questions? When called to accountability, are you honest or do you just protect yourself? Do you just give feeble excuses for not completing work in a timely manner? Despite unfair treatment Joseph continued to be responsible in each setting God placed him. That included leadership in a home, a prison and eventually a country.
Genesis 39:22 says, so the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. (1)
We are praying for you.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S Gen. 39:22
A Kingdom Leader has the habit of praying and hearing God. Their spirituality is not based on human voices but the voice of God. They pray for and with others. They also engage in thoughtful reflection to invite deep thinking and discussion. The disciplines of prayer, Bible study, solitude and silence are essential components in the life of a balanced leader.
Who prays with you? Are you deaf to God’s voice because you refuse to listen and open the book that reveals God’s voice? Are you reading the Scriptures consistently and often? Are you unfamiliar with the Bible’s words? Do you believe it is the word of life that can transform, renew and create? Does your practice reflect your spoken belief? One of the very few habits of Jesus is going to lonely places and praying.
Luke 22:39 says, and having gone out, He proceeded according to His custom to the mount of Olivet. And the disciples also followed with Him. (1)
We are praying that you develop the same habits as Jesus.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) Wuest, Kenneth S.: The New Testament : An Expanded Translation. Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdmans, 1997, c1961, S. Lk 22:39
Missionary Rick Beck and a resident of the dump.
We just returned from our third day at the city dump. When we arrived, some men were playing with a ratty soccer ball. People began to line up up quickly and they reverently listened to Rachel give a devotion. Another led in prayer and we began feeding. A group of four and myself helped serve the food. Others passed out bags of water.
It rained hard last night so the smell at the dump was much stronger than yesterday. It was hard to walk without getting your shoes muddy. Today many thanked us and praised Jesus as the food was distributed.
We saw many of the same family members today that were there yesterday. We visited a couple of their homes. The mother who had a beautiful six month old little girl was living in a dryer box. The two children were standing inside while the mother was working outside. Justin said, people shouldn’t have to live like that! We have no idea how good we have it said another student.
A Kingdom Leader is able to rise above the congestion of activity to find solitude. That solitude is necessary for clarity in thinking. It allows time for a review of direction, goals and the setting of priorities. It provides quiet so you can focus. It also permits time for prayer which is power for a follower of Christ. It also gives you the resolve to say no to opportunities that are good but not best for you.
Are you able to be alone . . . to take a deep breath each day and determine your priorities? Are you able to listen to God concerning your daily priorities? Can you say no to good opportunities in order to accomplish your purpose? Jesus did this early in the book of Mark when the disciples wanted him to return to a town where everyone was at the door. (v. 33)
Mark 1:35-38 says, Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: Everyone is looking for you! Jesus replied; Let us go somewhere else – to the nearby villages – so I can preach there also. That is why I have come. (1)
We understand that saying no is hard and we are praying for you.
Cathy and Danny Sartin
(1) The Holy Bible: New International Version. Electronic ed. Grand Rapids; Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S Mk 1:35-38
Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.