A Kingdom Leader is fully aware that there is a cost for leadership. Some people think that a position is all they need to lead other people. They are sometimes blind to the things they must process to serve others. They must actually seek permission to lead and care for others. They must face difficult circumstances with wisdom and tact.
Do you use discretion when facing tough experiences? Can you judge the motives of someone's heart objectively? Can you love others like God loves us? Do you have the discernment needed to act lovingly in each situation?
I have always been enamored by the life of Daniel. He served godless kings and kingdoms for over seventy years. He won the right to be heard from every kingdom leader he served. He faced each situation with grace and forgiveness.
Daniel 4:19 (ESV) Daniel Interprets the Second Dream
19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies!
According to Isaiah 39:7 (ESV)
7 And some of your own sons, who will come from you, whom you will father, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”
How would you feel and respond if you had been Daniel? We are amazed with his grace and discernment!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Is 39:7). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Dan 4:19). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.Copyright © Danny Sartin. All Rights Reserved. Photos taken by Cathy and Danny Sartin in Africa.
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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.