BECOMING A KINGDOM BUILDER
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able ministers of the new Testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.”(2 Cor. 3:5, 6)
To be a Kingdom Builder actually is to lead with undeniable impact. The plan of God for every leader is to be a world class figure, not by traveling literally around the world, but by having global impact. Impact leaders have common distinguishing traits. If you consider biblical leaders like Moses, David, Nehemiah, Esther, Joseph, and Paul, all of them possessed time tested traits that set them apart.
For you to emerge as a leader with distinction therefore, you must also understand these traits, but much more embrace them. The following lines will outline those traits:
• A Deep Sense of Purpose
When you discover your purpose and your gift, you develop the confidence, security, self worth, self esteem, and self-significance that protect you from the threat of competition, comparison, and jealousy. In other words, a leader with distinction knows why he is called of God and what he was called to do.
Biblical history is full of people who made a mark in their time. When Israel was in bondage in Egypt, Moses became their solution; David brought deliverance to the Israelite from the hands of Goliath and so became a solution bearer in that regard; Nehemiah rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem; Esther intervened in Susan and stopped the attempted massacre of the Jews; Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream thereby saving the nation of Egypt from famine; Jesus came to solve the sin problem in the world.
• A Clear Sense of Vision
To be a Kingdom leader, you must operate with a clear sense of vision. You must have a clear picture of the end right from the beginning. You must understand in clear terms the phases of your assignment and when to release the baton. In this context, vision is the capacity to see beyond your eyes. In other words, vision is your purpose in picture. When a leader does not have a clear sense of vision then a conviction (which is the third component) to move ahead especially when the going gets tough will not be there. Nelson Mandela had a clear vision of what he wanted, so he was able to endure 27 years of imprisonment. Moses had a clear vision of his mandate and so “when he was come to years refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:24,25).
• An unflinching Conviction
A Kingdom leader has a heart seated conviction. He is resolute and resilience in his pursuit. He maintains definiteness in his approach to his work. He is not easily persuaded to embrace what fall short an acceptable standard. He is not a reed Christian. Reed is a symbol of weakness (Matt. 11:17). Reed Christians are not too strong in the word of truth and so they bend to whatever comes their ways. They are not stable in their ways and behaviors. They are like chameleon which changes its form according to the dictate of the environment. They are Christians who have not exercised their spiritual senses as to be able to discern between good and evil.
• A burning Passion
A Kingdom leader must be passionate about his assignment. He must find delight in it. “But his delight is in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2a). “As the deer pants for steams of water, so my soul pants for you, o God” (Psalm 42:1). Another word for “delight” is passion. You can also call it enthusiasm. The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word entheos, which means “to be filled with God.” When you are filled with the Spirit, you are naturally inspired and passionate. Passion is something within you that provides the continual enthusiasm, focus, and energy you need to succeed. Passion has the power to keep you focused, willing to pay any price and to defy all odds.
• Daily Inspiration
A Kingdom leader must be inspired on the daily basis. This comes usually when you maintain a perpetual connection with the source of your strength. Remember that Jesus said he is the vine and that without him there nothing much we can do (John 15:4). This daily inspiration also spring forth from the joy of the Lord which the Holy Spirit gives. A leader with distinction must understand what stirs his joy. For a child of God, this comes by maintaining a communion with the Holy Spirit (II Cor. 13:14)
God wants you to be a unique leader. This is possible because you have been configured by God differently from others. By design, God wants your life to be a positive influence to the world, giving direction to the people, preserving the environment from decay, be a source of motivation to the weary and thereby illumine your world. The moment your life is set on these basic foundation blocks, your leadership status is already defined and you will be able to lead with distinction and be a blessing to the body of Christ.