Disturbed by all the injustice in virtually every sphere of society and something in you says, “someone’s got to do something about it,” Yes? I believe it’s a sign, God’s whispering these precious words in your ear “that person’s you.” But, developing the qualities that set leaders apart, is essential for crafting the “heart of the leader” that God can use.

Think about this for a moment; there’s no one that does not have an opportunity to make a positive difference in society. Tragically, there are many times when a leader does not rise to that hour.

For instance, consider our political, religious landscapes, and I wonder, “why is it that when circumstances call for it, leaders do not rise up to the occasion?” How long will you allow evil to reign, when God has chosen you, to lose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? (Ish 58:6).

I would like to suggest the reason why I believe evil continue to triumph while good men continue to do nothing. I believe it is because many leaders have not prepared their hearts to SERVE!

Every great leader in history that’s heroized, was a servant leader, not a dictator – Think about it.

One of history’s most influential visionary, pragmatic, subduer, and humanitarian leader of all time, was the apostle Paul. Formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, before his radical encounter with Jesus (Acts 9:1-22). Paul conveys the essence of the kind of heart God operates through in a leader, to dismantle principalities and power and rulers of wickedness operating in our world. In Acts 9:3-6 Paul is traveling to Damascus when he meets Jesus face to face.

His two questions are the right questions asked in the right order.

First, he asks, “Who are you, Lord?” Then he asks, “What would you have me to do?”

Who are you, Lord?

Perhaps you know an “achiever.” Someone who owns a yacht, drive an expensive car and live in a super large house, yet has a pantheistic (doubter) relationship with God. On the contrary, you may also know someone who does not have such prosperity, yet has a platonic (distant) relationship with God.

Saul of Tarsus, the religious intellect, was compelled by his worldview and spiritual persuasion, right to the point of being unpersuaded, as he dogmatically advanced his sanctimoniousness views of God and suggested ideologies to solve the evils of his day.

Such was also a man, by the name of, Lee Strobel, an atheist who undertook the task to prove Jesus Christ to be a fraud. Ha! Remarkably, after compiling and critically examining the evidence for himself, Strobel became a Christian. Stunned by his findings, he organized the evidence into a book he entitled, The Case for Christ, which has won the Gold Medallion Book Award for excellence.

“Who are you, Lord?” and “What would you have me to do?” are two of the most powerful reflective questions every world changes refused to be satisfied until God spoke to them.

See, I thought I knew God.

However, if I am completely honest, I really didn’t. He’s is much more different than I imagined or was told. I gave my life to the Lord and became a lifelong student of His Word, 23 years later, I got to know God a bit better, but I still don’t know Him.

Paul in Philippians 3:4-7, explains that he met all the religious qualifications of the day, and he was at the apex of Jewish leadership. Yet Paul knew all about God, but Paul did not know God until he met Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus.

Paul’s life changed because God revealed Himself to Paul, not because Paul had all the right answers or the intellectual understanding of God. No, not all!

Have you met God?

Did you have your own “Damascus” experience?

Outside of this, it’s not possible for any man to know God. Our human accomplishments stand as one of the greatest barriers to knowing about God versus knowing God.

In order to truly know God, Paul says: “Whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ” (v. 7).

Paul had to be willing to turn his back on his human accomplishments in order to gain knowledge of Christ.

He continues: “More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (v. 8).

Unless Christ becomes a Christian’s greatest passion; and knowing Him as their number one priority – I doubt if they are truly saved. I question the authenticity of their salvation experience.

After Paul encounter Jesus, please understand something, he was no longer Saul of Tarsus, but the apostle Paul, a champion for Christianity. This is every born again’s believers destiny in God. Paul from that moment fort continued to put the things of the world far below his priority of knowing Jesus Christ.

Ask yourself, “Do I really know God?” Let the question rest on your mind for a moment. Let it penetrate your heart.

What would you have me to do?

Experiencing salvation is one of those unexplainable moments of divine bliss. However, a true salvation experience always produces in us a divine dissatisfaction about our former way of life. One of them being -living aimlessly.

There are few things more painful, confusing, perhaps frustrating than waiting for God to reveal our purpose—especially if we wait without hope. Without hope, waiting for God to act can feel like torture. (Been there done that!) But with confidence in Him, waiting can feel like joyful anticipation.

Isaiah 30:18 says, “Blessed are all who wait for Him.” Part of the definition of “wait,” which is the word chakah in the original Old Testament Hebrew, means to wait “in ambush.”

Just thinking about this definition makes me smile.

Imagine it.Waiting upon the Lord, waiting God’s way, for Him to show us where we belong serving Him, means we have hope because we know that something good is going to happen–in God’s time, in God’s way. When faith replaces distrust, the agony of waiting can turn into hopeful anticipation.

Waiting in ambush for God to reveal your destiny means, I’m fully convinced that He is working behind the scenes.

Waiting in ambush for God to reveal your destiny means, I choose to trust Him, to unfolds more and more of His plan for my life.

I ask myself,  “Shan, what do you believe? Do you believe that God is working behind the scenes? Will you choose to trust that He will reveal the totality of His perfect plan? If so, lift up your head, son! God is on His way!”

One of the most pondered upon subject, and discussion is on the Call of God. Every child of God is called to a specific ministry. My hope in this blog is for this mystery to open up.  As you read and discover; how God uses the calling as a part of His plan to build His Church, and if you have not heard from God yet concerning your calling, may it help you discover your calling. If you have received your calling, it will help you understand how God establishes you as a part of His Body, to advance His Kingdom.

 

 

The Need For A Burning Bush Encounter  

 

 

The Call of God, for every Christian leader is the point of revelation and the personal foundation for ministry. God inaugurates his chosen leaders through an encounter I like to refer as a;  "burning bush" experience.  (Exo 3:1-17).

 

Although our first call is to know Christ, we are also called, to serve His Body (The Church). Many never reached this point of revelation, simply because so few give away their lives to Christ and in service to His Church. The two are inseparable (Ephesian 4:12, Romans 12:5).

 

 

 

 

The Necessity of the Divine Call 

 

Unfortunately, there are many men who enter into the ministry, without receiving a divine call from God. Some have entered by presumption, others by noble motives. Through their failure and frustration, these have discovered that victory in the ministry hinges upon the initial call of God.

 

There are many scriptural examples describing so-called leadership without the call of God. The essence remains the same; leaders going fort on their own initiatives, without the Lord's sending (John 1:6), these men have not only failed but are the cause of "schism" (detachment) within the Body of Christ ( 1 Cor 12:25).

 

 

Just because a man holds a title; MD, or CEO, or has few expensive suits in his closet, and tons of cash in his bank account; does not make him a "Pastor" or a "Bishop."

 

There are many leaders with the titles "Pastor" or "Bishop,"  – who don't Shepard a flock (or is submitted under a "set-man"), or overseer a region of local assemblies. Imagine if a person calls him a lawyer, or gynecologist when they are not. What problems would they create in the world?  This is a common problem, particularly in Africa, and it needs to stop.

 

 

 

God Rejects False Leadership

 

Leaders without a divine call have ended in ruin, and many people of God's people have suffered for it. In the Bible, it is considered a very serious offense to presume any ministry office without a divine calling. No man has ever entered or exited the presence of God without a divine instruction (Exodus 3:5). In the same was it is presumptuous for a person to say, "I'm a

Pastor, or a Bishop…" when God has not said so.

 

 

Three Ways To Appoint A Man 

 

First,  God appoints a leader (Moses)

Second,  Man appoints a leader (Saul)

Third, Man appoints himself (Korah)  

 

 

 

In the world, there are many self-appointed and man appointed by few God-appointed

leaders. Let's consider the difference.

 

 

Self- appointed Leadership 

 

 

A self-appointed leader in the Kingdom is always a product of rebellion. His position into a spiritual office is self-instated, not God appointed.

 

Korah, is a good example of this pattern, a self-appointed leadership:

 

  1. Causes others to rise up against spiritual leadership (Num 16:2).
  2. Publicly criticizes murmurs and questioned legitimately appointed leadership  (Num 16:3, 11).
  3. Accuses divinely appointed leadership (Num 16:3).
  4. Craves for power and position (Num 16:10).

 

 

The apostle Jude in the New Testament warns us that in the last days,  three types of false ministries will arise: Cain, Balaam, and Korah (Jude verse, 11).

 

 

 

Man-appointed Leadership 

 

Man appointed leadership, will argue with you they have received their call from God, but the call is by the authority of human vessels, who operate outside of the unction of Holy Spirit.

 

Man appointed leadership is the most common of all leadership. There is a strong trend towards humanism in the world which has also penetrated the ranks of the Church. This humanist spirit is man-centered, it's foundation is in human wisdom, and it has seduced countless of believers.

Its' reliance is in academic degrees, training, and education. Education and training are good, but it can never replace the call of God which alone brings the power of faith and the anointing.

The Church today, does not need man-made, man-called, man-trained – leadership. Man called leadership look into the ministry from a "professional" perspective (like a dentist, or a psychologist) looks at his career. Ministry is not a career, it is a calling – under the unction of the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Man-made leaders address the masses the world over, whom never had a personal encountered with God or the Holy Spirit.

The first King of Israel, (Saul) was an example of a man-appointed leader ( 1 Sam 8-10). In the Book of 1 Samuel 8:1-4, we find Saul appointing his own sons as judges of Israel. Which is usually the case, a "family business," not God's Business.

 

A man-made styled leadership will:

 

  1. Appoint people to ultimately serve himself and his own agenda not the Kingdom  (1 Sam 8: 11).
  2. His leadership temperament is harsh, driven, with no real compassion for people (1 Sam 8:16).
  3. Tithes and offering are usually invested in buildings, programs, TV that needs to be well "oiled" monthly. His impact of these projects far outweighs his impact on the lives of the people ( 1 Sam 8:17).

 

The keys phrase of this type of leader is " he will take." A man appointed leader is a taker. He will rob God's people of their destiny and steal from their generation. He is out to get what he wants at the expense of the flock.   He is not truly a shepherd but a hireling.

 

 

 

God-appointed Leadership 

 

A God-appointed leader is "called" or "separated" into the office and ministry of God (Num 1:50, Gal 1:15).

The call of God is at two equally important levels, governmental and congregational ministries.

 

Governmental and Congregational Ministries 

God called some men to govern His Body. In Eph 4:11,12, it says Jesus himself gave some to be…. The principle here is that only some men are called to governmental ministries.

 

Man is not only uniquely called but each is called in a unique way from what you may traditionally accept, for instance:

 

Abraham was called by God through the   Word of God, (Gen 12:1-5),

 

Aaron was called by God through Moses (Exo 3:13-17),

 

Joseph was called by God through the Word of the Lord in a dream (Gen 37:1-10),

 

Jacob was called by God through the hand of the Lord, from birth (Gen 25:22-26),

 

Moses  was called by God through the burning bush (Exo 3:1-6),

 

Samuel was called by God through hearing an audible voice (1 Sam 10:1,2),

 

David was called by God through a prophet Samuel ( 1 Sam 16:11-14),

 

Solomon was called by God through his father David ( 2 Chron 1:1-12),

 

The apostles Paul, Andrew, James, and John were called by God through the words fo the Lord Jesus Christ (Matt 4:18-22),

 

Timothy was called through his family upbring and the heart of his mentor Paul ( 1 Tim 1:2,18; 2 Tim 1,2;5,9 and 2:1).

 

Personally, I was God, though hearing the audible voice of God in 1998, "…I will sent you to Bible school and use you to start my church…"

 

Let us not judge, how God chooses hi man.

 

 

Equal Before God

Right now the church is over-reacting to the governmental ministries ( apostles, prophets; evangelists, pastors and teachers, Eph 4:11-16) and underemphasizing congregational ministries. This could perhaps explain why a medical doctor or a biochemist call himself a pastor.

 

There are many congregational ministers, who don't carry a governmental grace but are praying for God to visit them, to put them on the same "level" of a globe-travel apostolic minister.  This must nonsense must be corrected.  Every part of the Body is called but not necessarily to function in a governmental ministry.  The congregational grace is unctioned as a supportive ministry to the governmental grace. Can God use a congregational minister, as He uses a governmental mister – sure He can! But, when the primary focus of the congregational minister, is to function and operate exclusively as a  governmental minister, he is out of order, including any governmental minister who receives him or extends him "the hand of fellowship."

 

 

It is important to understand, everyone is called, some function as a shower of mercy, or a ministry of help, or hospitality, or exhortation, or financial support. Such a call is no less important. The ministry of help, including financial help, is just as important as the apostle (2 Tim 1:9, 2 Peter 1:10, 1 Cor 16:15).

 

The wisdom of God's calling is different parts to function in different positions as in the human body.

 

Ministry is not only for the select few. All Christians have a call to ministry. This does not mean every Christian should stand in public, or in the pulpit.  Do a quick needs analysis, of your Church, neighborhood, family, job, university, school – you may discover your ministry here.

 

 

 

Some have bigger names in Egypt than they do in the Kingdom. The reason is very simply – they are not true servants of God. Placing him first on a strict regimen of servanthood is the inceptive prescription God induces upon  his chosen man or woman.
“… but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant,”
(Mathew 20:26).
Unless a child of God discerns this, his “success” despite how considerable it may seem in this life, in actuality is nothing but mouse crumbs in the light of the standard of the Scriptures. A man can own Fort Knox, but unless he is an unambitious, humble and available servant of God, he has really achieved nothing.
It is possible to shine before man but be unlit before God.

Heaven does not recognize, nonservants

Kingdom prestige is not a currency of worldly status.   It fascinates me, often to witness how the Church elevate man of; worldly statue, adorn them with the esteem only belonging to the true servant of God – at least in God’s opinion  (Matthew 20:26).
Let’s consider James the brother of Jesus’ position on this matter: 
“For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” 
(James 1:26). 
Don’t mistake yourself.  I am an ardent advocate of honor and protocol.  The point is, what we deem as “status,” God deems as useless!  
     
There are many children of God, who will not serve God, or tithe into the Kingdom without status, or pulpit time.  Look at not only how anti-biblical this view is in the following verse, but true greatness that shines before God, does not materialise without possessing the heart of a  servant;
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant…Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:”
 (Philippians 2:5-11).
Many hold a big name before Pharaoh, but a small name before God. Many hold a name that is weighty in the world but weightless in the Kingdom.
“But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?”
(Acts 19:16).
Until demons recognize and fear your name, you are a useless Kingdom colonizer. Let go of your pride, and let God begin a real work in your life, today?
Consider a few examples of how ordinary man, who maneuvered beyond the comfort and the prestige of Egypt (Hebrew 11:24-27). Reciprocating the magnetizing and relentless pull of destiny -the call to both serve God and his people. Resulting in the veneration of their names, chronicled in Heaven, due to their unparalleled impact because of -Servanthood.
David,
…served his fathers sheep at Bethlehem (1 Samuel 17:15),
The bible tributes, the following ovation to his life: ” For David,… he had served the purpose of God in his own generation….” (Acts 13:36). This means David passed from this life as a heavyweight into eternity.
Moses,
…was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law,  (Moses 3:1). Moses’ life is chronicled as the meekest men who ever lived, and one of the greatest leaders who ever lived. It is also said of Moses,
 “there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel
(Duet 34:10-12).
Jacob,
..tendered Esau’s flock (Gen 33:1). Jacob had his flaws of pride and manipulation, but at the end, he heeded to the posture of a servant. The bible testifies the following concerning his legacy:
“… All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” (Genesis 28:13-15).
There is no person who left a legacy worth celebrating who was not a servant of God, first.  There is much talk said about legacy in the world, but very little talk about the master key to legacy – Servanthood.
Unless God’s Kingdom and people are the highest priority in your life, there is not the difference between you and Pharaoh or his servants.

Leadership vs Servanthood

The truth is, there is a difference between being a servant and a leader. We have many leaders, but not many servants (Josh 1:2).
Social media is flooded with children of God who have the most to say about God but have the least impact on the Kingdom of God.  Many of them are leaders of man, but not servants of God.
Leaders of man struggle for visibility and popularity; servants of God are not struggling for limelight or the attention of man.
Leaders of man lack humility,  servants of God are hallmarked by genuine humility, not only in their words but in their deed of service to God and His Kingdom.
All the brothers of David struggled with both pride, and the limelight, but David was in the background where nobody could easily see him; nobody knew much about his existence – but God did!
Every service to God of obscurity can never go by without God noticing it. It was David’s service that attracted the anointing of God upon his life and positioned him for Heaven’s purpose  (1 Sam 16:4-16).
God knows the location of His servants.
Look at this amazing promise, concerning how God promotes his chosen servants.
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs, He brought him to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance.
ASSIGNMENT(S):

1. Ask God for the impartation of the spirit of humility.
2. Ask God to deal with every trace of pride in your life that will rob you of service.
3. Practice servant-hood by serving the people around you.

PRAYER:
O LORD, clothe me with the garment of humility and in the service of Jesus and His Kingdom.
DAILY READING:

 

Mathew 20:26, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrew 11:24-27, 1 Samuel 17:15, Acts 13:36, Moses 3:1, Deuteronomy 34:10-12, Genesis 33:1, Genesis 28:13-15, 1 Samuel 16:4-16,  Psalm 78:71.

 

QUOTE:
Servanthood is the inceptive prescription God induces upon His chosen leader to position him for greatness!
Your ability decides your responsibility. Higher duties always correlate to higher capacity. The more you learn, the more opportunities you create. Personal development works hand in hand with opportunity your create.
The law of success dictates,  “first within than without.” Wealth creation works in proportion to the value you add, which works in proportion to your capacity.

Character Enlists, Ability Assigns   

God enlists man according to Character and assigns them according to ability.
Have a look at this example in Matthew 25:15
 
“To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ABILITY.”
It has for men like; Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, David, Solomon,  Daniel etc…
Charles Kettering of General Motors once said,
“I tell my people that I don’t want any fellow who has a job working for me; what I want is a fellow whom the job has. And I want the job to get a hold of this young man so hard that no matter where he is; the job has got him for keeps. I want that job to have him in its clutches when he goes to bed at night, and in the morning I want that job to be sitting at the foot of the bed telling him, ‘It’s time to get up and go to work!’ And when a job gets a fellow that way, he’s sure to amount to something.”
Mr. Kettering was insistent in investing a multimillion-dollar powerhouse, in a man who would invest in himself.
Are you this person?  Personal development works hand in hand with opportunity your create.

Your Mental Output outweighs Your Biological Origin.

People could careless of your biological origin if you are the person who “delivers the goods.”
The essence of success is pinned one “quality.”
The quality of your work is the deciding factor on how much your services or goods are valued by the world.
Consider Joseph and Daniel in the Bible, both of them outshone in places hostile to their origin and culture.   Personal development is extending your base to increase your height and expand your exposure.
Mrs. Oprah Winfrey once said,
“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”
If you desire to increase in wealth, or in influence,  then increase your knowledge base (in the area of your work). Increase the quality of products and services that you offer others.
Be the king in your field.
Give each assignment your utmost for my highest.
Then you will increase in wealth.