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The Gear Train – Yourself

You see your identity in Christ clearly. You live and walk in the blessing of the Father in everything you do. You experience the very character of God in your life and you receive the spirit of sonship. You recognize that it is who you are in Christ that is important to the Kingdom agenda. It is more about Being than Doing as your attitude is the “same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing…and became obedient to death.” In that yielded relationship to the Father, the Son was used to redeem the entire world, setting it and all of us in it free from all that has enslaved us since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden.

You clearly hear your call to “be about the Father’s business.” In whatever worldly business or activity you find yourself, you see your job as one of delivering the power of the Holy Spirit through your sphere of influence to interact with and impact ever-widening systems.

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You are disciplined in studying and understanding God’s Word. You take seriously the job requirements God set forth in Deuteronomy 17:18-20: “When he [a leader] takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.”

You understand yourself to be responsible for the Word and do not allow others to hear and interpret the Word for you. You are a doer of the Word and not merely a hearer. (James 1:25) You are self-disciplined, living a holy life. You keep short accounts, recognizing sin in your life, repenting of it and turning back to God daily. (1 John 1:9-10) You are eagerly expectant of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and you fan them into flame. ( 1 Corinthians 14:1 and 1 Timothy 1:6)

You model yourself after the 1 Timothy instructions for overseers and deacons, highly valuing your family and, if married, your spouse. You have modest salary goals (Deuteronomy 17:16-17) and think of yourself with sober judgment. (Romans 12:3) You freely give of that which God places into your hands. (Luke 6:38) You are a proactive seeker of justice (Isaiah 58:6) and you engage only in ethical business practices. (Deuteronomy 25:15-17)

Finally, you examine your own love walk, i.e., your ability to enter into authentic relationships with others in which you show the love of God. Most of the Christian leadership books focus on the character of the leader. Periodically read some of those books and measure yourself against them. Enter into relationships with other leaders and ask them to hold you accountable to Biblical standards of character, behavior and leadership traits.

A note about leadership styles. Do not be content with your natural or adapted leadership style unless you have heard from the Holy Spirit that is the one He wants you to use. God is in the business of changing people and He can change a leadership style to best facilitate accomplishing the call He has put on you – whether for a season or for a lifetime.

The Gear Train – Your Inner Circle

You are in relationship with a select few. In management circles they might be called your “direct reports” or your “span of control.” In Kingdom terms, they are your disciples. Jesus had a closer relationship with Peter, James and John than with the rest of the twelve. He shared the Transfiguration experience with them, and He invited only the three of them to go deep into the Garden of Gethsemane with him to pray. He drew on Peter’s relationship with Him to teach the others (and us) numerous lessons on faith, love, and forgiveness. You are in relationship with your inner circle because your job is to show them the Father's love. You model the sacrificial love of Jesus, laying down your life for them. (John 15:13) You are in complete unity with them so that the whole organization knows that you have sent them and have loved them even as God has loved you. (John 17:23) You extend the Father's blessing to them, giving them a spirit of sonship because of your identity as God's child.

You bathe them in prayer as the apostle Paul did with his disciples. You teach them to be in constant, intimate communication with God; to hear His voice; to respond to His leadings; to desire His daily counsel; to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You pray with them, modeling a life of prayer. Your point them to Jesus’ model of doing only what He sees the Father doing, “for the Father loves [them] and shows [the] all He does.” (John 5:19-20) You model going to God as a first course, not a last resort.

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You are in relationship with your inner circle because you want to teach them to be “fishers of men” in the same respect you are learning to be. You are building into them a legacy that will far outreach what you personally can impact. You are entrusting them with the keys to the Kingdom and teaching them how to bind and loose with them. You are committed to spiritual and earthly succession planning. You are imparting to them the anointing, skill, power and will to do greater things than you are doing.

You are holding yourself spiritually accountable to them, even as you hold them to high standards of love and self-discipline. You strike a healthy balance of nurturing and pruning. You are gentle and patient with them, even as you are honest and direct. You do not shirk from calling them to account, showing zero tolerance for evil, but you demonstrate mercy and grace in your interactions.

You are equipping them to be able to love and equip others, building an ever-expanding network of disciples who in turn deliver Holy Spirit power through their segment of the gear train. You commission them not only for work in the organization, but in Kingdom building.

“What if my inner circle are not Christians? Can this be a transformation company?” See the note on Christians vs. Non-Christians, below.

The Gear Train – Your Outer Circle

Jesus apparently traveled with quite an entourage. There were the rest of the twelve disciples, there were dedicated followers, there were many seeking what they could get from Him, there were curiosity seekers, and there were critics and scoffers. You too, interact with an outer circle of employees, customers, vendors, industry peers, competitors, inspectors, financial and insurance professionals, etc. What is the role of the Transformational Leader with this outer circle?

You see all of these people through the eyes of God. You see some as close allies in the transformation journey; you see others as brothers and sisters in Christ who are in need of teaching and discipling; you see some as “sheep without a shepherd” and you have compassion on them (Mark 6:34); you see all of them as loved by God and as those He desires to draw into an eternal relationship with Him.

You demonstrate love and care for your outer circle. You feed their hearts, minds and bodies. Your first priority is that they have access to Jesus Christ. You purposefully build organizational and relational points of contacts that are safe and inviting. Your corporate policies and procedures are consciously developed to show your outer circle that they are loved, valued and cared for. You hold all management accountable for communicating the character of God.

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You create opportunities for material, relational, motivational and spiritual prosperity and encourage full use of those opportunities. All your employees are trained to invite all your stakeholders into relationships that are mutually beneficial. Anyone is welcomed without regard to faith, color, nationality, marital status, age, gender, etc. – not because there are federal and local protections against discrimination, but because you welcome all into relationships that offer God’s unconditional love.

All leaders in your organization understand the vision and mission and are empowered with knowledge, wisdom and authority to carry out their delegated tasks. They are all covered in prayer – even if they don’t know it. They operate in that same spirit of sonship that you have instilled in your inner circle because their supervisors have included them in their inner circles. Even as these leaders experience the Father blessing, they extend it to their employees and others throughout the outer circle.

What about all our people who are not Christians?An important note here about Christian vs. non-Christian supervisors and employees. Other than originating from the first gear – yourself – none of the above descriptors of transformation leadership require that the leader or the inner or outer circles be Christians. Jesus did not minister to Christians. While evangelism is a desirable outcome, it is not the ultimate goal of the transformation organization. We are about Kingdom building. We are about using the keys to unlock the Kingdom in our sphere of influence. The Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy. (Romans 14:17). Jesus made it clear that it was His job to build the church – our job is to unlock the Kingdom. (Matthew 16:18-19) Jesus’ command to us through Peter is, “Feed my sheep.” Transformational leaders create an environment in which the love of God is felt and experienced throughout the entire marketplace.

The Gear Train – The System

Jesus’ sphere of influence was only about 50 miles (some say as much as 150). Yet there is hardly a place on earth today that has not been touched by his message of “righteousness, peace and joy.” The key is the system gear in our model. His outer circle reached out from Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria “to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

You, too are equipping your outer circle to continue reaching out. Entire supply chains are being positively affected by the shift in the spiritual climate caused by the blessings emanating from your business or organization. Customer needs, wants and expectations are changing. New technology, services and knowledge are being revealed and applied. Local, state, and national governments are being influenced. Economies are improving. School curricula supporting Kingdom principles are being adopted.

 

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These are not merely positive affirmations we are pronouncing. These are provable, measurable facts from around the world. If you haven’t grasped this yet, rent or buy some of the Transformation Videos from The Sentinel Group that chronicle major transformation events. Visit TransformOurWorld.org, watch some of the testimonies and then buy and show some of their videos.

Your company is structuring itself, right now, to touch your city’s very heart, disenfranchised populations, sin-ridden industries and your local, state and national government. You are positioned to build significant and lasting changes into families, well beyond those of your own employees. You are contributing to the eradication of systemic poverty and building instead a system supporting sustainable prosperity.

As you work locally, your efforts are being used nationally and even globally. At the spiritual level, as you demolish territorial strongholds of the enemy, you release testimony that further defeats Satan’s hold on the world. (Revelation 12:11) As you and your organization change the spiritual climate of your city and your industry, the blessings of God are able to flow uninhibited.

Your leadership in your “little sphere” is drawing more and more into the Kingdom.

Transformation.

Tags: Kingdom Building, Marketplace Ministry, MarketplaceTransformation, transformation leadership, transformation leader, spirit-led leadership

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