When we go to work and look around, do we see a vibrant environment full of inspiration and creativity, or do we find ourselves drained of purpose and just trying to get by? The “another day, another dollar” saying truly is a sad edict hung over many a head across this globe. I’d also venture to say that it’s not within the confines of Heaven’s original blueprints for humanity either.
I’ve heard before (and honestly have thought myself) some say that they just wish we could have a good dictator come in and “just… fix everything!” Ya know… just for a little bit. Whether this be about our governments or perhaps frustrations with red tape or management issues at our workplaces. We just want things to work right! Right?
Here’s the problem… Jesus, no matter how supreme and omnipotent, doesn’t act like a dictator. Why? Because God’s way of leading doesn’t require it. The reason for that is that we are created to be loved and to love. Therefore, when Jesus loves us, the core of our design is touched in such a way that though we have free will, we voluntarily subjugate ourselves to Him (John 14:15). It works this way because once you are convinced of someone’s sincere love, it is much easier to be persuaded of their cause.
On the other hand, though you strive for the most holy of stances, if you lack the purveyance of genuine friendship, you will be hard-pressed to win over a single soul.
I say “soul” because that’s exactly what we are dealing with. If you only want a robot in your following, then simply appease people on their basest of levels. Like for instance, merely a paycheck (shelter, food, water). We’ll call it the “carrot on a stick” motivator. You may also use this base motivation as leverage. For instance when the boss pulls out the whip and says “work harder or you’re fired!”.
If you want to activate what God puts on the inside of people though, and as a leader you need that to accomplish your vision, you have to go a level deeper. A good Godly leader needs to touch the heaven that’s inside his people to get the Lord’s answer manifested in his business or organization. To attain inspiration, there must first be a conducive environment for that to come through. Every organization rises and falls due to its leadership, so the responsibility to cultivate a heavenly atmosphere lies within the lap of the leaders.
Most places are filled with robots and most places are filled with managers instead of leaders. Should not the marketplace influence coming from the Church be different? If we invest at the robot level we will lead followers. If we invest in people, we will lead leaders, and that’s where the real multiplication begins.
Jesus used both the whip (cleansing the temple) and the carrot (miracles and provision) as tools, but that’s all they were. The spirit of His leadership is firmly grounded in love and a passion for bringing others up to His level instead of leaving them behind in the dirt. Jesus produces leaders. We can actually see whole cities mentioned in the Bible where they were offered the carrot but were blinded to the love and as a result they didn’t turn (Matt 11:20-24). Though He performed many miracles, they weren’t won to His cause. Neither benefits nor great pay can join people to vision. It must be love.
Why did certain people reject Jesus? 2 Cor 3:14-16 shows us that those who are so used to a cold, law-based life (The cycle of tradition – Mark 7:13) are veiled to the light and love of Jesus. In fact, in the aforementioned Matt 11:20-24, the only cities that were being rebuked were the ones that had the law readily available to them. Unveiling prayer then, must be an added component for the people we lead so that we may have as many as can be on board with God’s dream for the organization.
With these principles in place, the raised bar of activation within the company or group acts as a filter for those who refuse to be excellent. It is when the leadership is content with mediocre that “flies in the ointment” stay on board. As a result of God’s love in leadership, I believe Jesus can bring Christian influence to the top of the marketplace and make the competition wonder why our people are so alive and firsts in innovation.
So, I want you to know that Jesus loves you and I love you, and you’re more than normal. You’re an overwhelming conqueror!