October 6, 2018
The era of ‘superstar’ leadership in God’s church has ended. And now, the era of the body of Christ has started!
Spiritual leaders who capture Kingdom agenda in these end times will focus on building and raising the people to become influential, respected and renown.
1. Leaders will train God’s people to experience the work of the word and Spirit every day, so they could move from the mentality of WANTING TO BE SERVED to WANTING TO BE EQUIPPED
What happens often is, the leader grows rapidly, becoming ‘powerful’, and experiencing many great things with God. Meanwhile, the congregation stays weak, feeling unworthy and powerless. Whether we realize or not, the congregation’s mentality is conditioned to demand service (to be served).
Such mentality will undermine the body of Christ – how could it not? Because the congregation will stay dependent on the leader to receive answers and breakthroughs for their problem. The people don’t have enough strength to overcome on their own. As a result, the spiritual house and its activities is akin to a ‘hospital’, focused on healing the problematic congregation.
On the other hand, we have leaders who have captured the heavenly pattern/blueprint. They stay focused in building their people to break through. These leaders don’t want to merely bring the people out of their problem. They also guide the people to overcome their problem to its roots.
Ephesians 4:12-13 (NASB)
(12) for the EQUIPPING of the saints for the work of service, to the BUILDING UP of the body of Christ
(13) until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
The mentality of EQUIPPING will focus on BUILDING. And building always need a DIVINE BLUEPRINT that has been built in the leaders’ lives first. This is the pattern/blueprint that the leaders are planting to all their people. Therefore, every old pattern in the people’s life must be dismantled and rebuilt according to the divine pattern. When the people is molded according to the same pattern, they will surely experience the same breakthroughs and victories of their leader.
The BUILDING mentality will dismantle ‘hospital-type’ churches into ‘training camps’. There, the people will be trained to remove every spiritual passiveness. Because passiveness always brings the people to become spiritually lazy: only want to be blessed, free from problems and experience miracles without paying the price or to change their conviction, mindset, heart attitude and lifestyle (which are the roots of their problems and suffering).
In the training camp, spiritual leaders will become mentors who will implant the discipline of a soldier, the grit of an athlete, and the perseverance of a farmer (2 Tim 2:4-6). They make sure that the people live accurately, and free from any spiritual passiveness. They train the people to become stronger and mightier, so they could keep growing and bearing fruit for His Kingdom.
When the congregation is trained, imbalance will no longer be found in God’s church. No more super leaders with weak congregation. Leaders and church members will collaborate as the body of Christ. Everyone moves together to finish God’s agenda through their spiritual house.
2. Just like Christ, spiritual leaders must keep EMPTYING THEMSELVES so every spiritual dimension they receive and the glory they manifest won’t make them prideful, but they could stay focused in building the people as a healthy and strong body of Christ (Philippians 2:5-7)
Spiritual leaders who move according to the Kingdom agenda won’t be tempted to misuse the manifestation of God’s glory for their personal gain. Just the way Christ ministers SELFLESSLY, God brings these leaders to empty themselves more and more.
By emptying self, leaders will stay humble and free of ambition. It will guard the divine life inside them, and brings in the greater work of the word and Spirit. Just the way Christ obeys the Father, these leaders could live in explicit obedience to the Father (Phil 2:8-10).
Through the leaders’ explicit obedience, God will bring them higher in their divine authority. The leaders’ grace and victories will bring the people to grow more rapidly and tangibly in Christ.
3. Leaders who carry the divine pattern will POUR OUT THEIR LIFE to build the ministry of the body of Christ
Ephesians 4:15 (NASB) but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ
The era of individualistic Christianity has ended. Whatever the leaders receive from God, they will pour it out completely to the people. As a result, the people experience the same work of the word and Spirit. They could grow from one level of faith to a greater one (Romans 1:17).
With the wisdom of a builder, leaders will know the time and the aspects to build. They could prepare a sold spiritual foundation, and upon it, they will build parts after parts according to the divine blueprint. Until at one point, the people is completely built in the UNITY of faith, in maturity, and to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ (Eph 4:13).
The leaders’ consistency and perseverance in building God’s people will birth them as an influential, renown and respected people. They rise as city builders. The spiritual dimensions in the leaders’ life have flown into the people’s life, and now it flows out from them to influence surrounding communities. God starts to influence and transform their world. Others will start to see something different from believers; AN EXAMPLE. That’s the time when the corporate life of a spiritual house could function concretely as the ‘salt and light of the world’.
Truly, the chaos and problems in this world are caused by problematic people. But now, a distinct group of people have been born. They come to bring solution and transmit divine life to as many people as possible. Slowly but surely, death will be driven away from cities and nations. Let it be done, in Jesus name! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus