July 18, 2009
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How to Start a Small Group – Kings are increasingly getting involved in Bible study or mentoring groups to facilitate their “Release.” Here are some helpful suggestions www.Releasing-Kings.com/Starting-a-Group.html. We’ve also updated our Vision Brochure with graphics to show how to become a King and how you can help Release Kings.
French Translation – Releasing Kings is now available in French thanks to the efforts of Cees Bakker and Support Ministries in the Netherlands. In France, copies can be obtained from Editions Menor or Librairie Chretienne CLC. The Title in French is “Libération des Rois pour le ministère dans le monde du travail”. Cees is also the guy who made the Dutch translation possible – available through his website. He can be contacted for Releasing Kings conferences in France and throughout Europe.
I receive a weekly project update from an engineer regarding a nuclear waste treatment plant under construction in our area. About 20 years ago I participated in the process concept so it’s of passing interest to see the progress. It was supposed to cost a few hundred million and take about 5 years to build. The newsletter proclaimed it’s 50% complete! That means the project will cost about 20 Billion before it’s operable and require 25 years to construct. The engineering culture is encumbered with bureaucratic requirements for safety and quality which translate to a demotivated and unproductive staff, a bloated emphasis on management and a conspicuous absence of real leaders and creativity. Welders can make as few as 2 or 3 welds a day and spend the rest of the time waiting. When construction is finally complete in another decade the plant still may not work and may require another project to fix it! Neither the government nor the contractor seems to care. No one owns the problem.
There are similar examples of waste in every area of society. Businesses, wealthy individuals, churches and of course government can all be cited as examples of incredible waste. What will the culture be like when Kings start operating and eliminate the waste? Our societies would look a lot different and prosperity levels would be a lot higher. We wouldn’t be short of anything. So let’s think about what Kings have to do to eliminate waste and get started.
Jesus had a value for time, money and people. After He created enough food to feed 5000, he still asked his disciples to pick up the pieces so they wouldn’t be wasted. One important Kingdom principle that is a precursor to prosperity is to learn to manage the details… to be faithful in that which is least and to be faithful in that which is another man’s.
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” John 6:12-13 NIV
Waste of Time – Most of us struggle to find a balance between Biblical rest, work and recreation. Imagine the productivity if we all made the most of every opportunity and redeemed the time. When we are productive, the rest cycle seems more peaceful and more well-deserved. Stress is really just a symptom of not being productive.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Col 4:5 KJV
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Col 4:4-5 NIV
Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Eph 5:15-17 NIV
Waste of Money – Most of us have experienced bad purchases and bad investments. Money we worked hard to make flies away like a bird. I had one friend in Montana that used to say he spent most of his money on whiskey and women and the rest he spent foolishly. What if we had the wisdom to be good stewards of our finances and never lose money. We would all be much better off and positioned to be much more generous.
“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. Luke 15:13 NIV
Wasted Lives – The most tragic example of waste is when we see people that have never connected with their life’s purpose waste away in a job they don’t enjoy or in an addiction they cannot escape. Death begins long before their last breath. They perish for lack of vision or revelation of who they really are (Pro 19:18).
By contrast, if you can find a believer who is excited about their work and connected to their calling, they are filled with life and vitality and God’s Spirit in a very contagious way. Although that level of “life” is available to all of us, many heaven-bound believers live far below that level of fun and productivity.
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 KJV
Kings and Stewards – Most of what I hear regarding financial counsel coming from Christians or church-based ministries is centered around stewardship. The message is, “don’t waste what you have… save, cut up your credit cards, etc.” That’s very good and Biblical, but it’s just a beginning… far from the real place of abundance. As Kings we are not just called to hang on to what we have. Our real talent is in creating new things that didn’t previously exist. It’s within our power to create new wealth and to come up with new ideas and to start new initiatives. We know how to multiply in a world that can only add and subtract… e.g. tax and spend. Our whole political conversation is about how to use a poverty-minded bureaucrat to take money from one person and give it to another. It’s demoralizing for everyone! Imagine a kingdom-minded government that taught and trained it’s citizens to generate wealth though work, wisdom, and new ideas. Not too likely? What if the church did it via her mandate to equip the saints and those saints went into government and business and shared the principles and lived the examples. That is possible.
Problems and poverty are always the result of a missing ingredient. Instead of whining about the current state of affairs, Kings simply believe they can find solutions and boldly solve the toughest problems in every mountain. They pray about it, then they go get the job done. Guess what? Your daddy knows how to create something out of nothing; you can too. That’s a level higher than stewardship. That’s how the 5000 got fed! That’s how the challenges you face will be overcome.
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed — the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became… Rom 4:17-18 NIV
The first step of creativity is believing an answer exists and committing yourself to find it. God loves people that tackle big problems because they can use their heads (wisdom) and hands (work) and come up with solutions. They are the ones that will bless the nations… and prosper while doing it. God’s people “own” the nations problems. We’re the ones with the horsepower to fix them. Our “great commission” is much bigger than planting churches and sharing the gospel.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. Ps 2:8 NIV
John and Sue www.Releasing-kings.com
PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of a more relational view of God. It’s must reading that connects our perception of God with everyday life.
Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace takes that foundation into marketplace ministry and the entrepreneurial nature of Kings. Fruit in the marketplace naturally springs out of sound doctrine.
Desire to Destiny – Takes the foundation and marketplace ministry and puts them in the context of seven practical keys or stages of growth you can apply in your own life.
You’re invited into the vision to release Kings; communicate the message, make the money, and do the mission.
- The Message – Our first goal is to get the Releasing Kings message into the hands of the messengers that will carry it… do it, preach it, teach it, example it.
- The Money – The second goal is to help Kings break out of poverty by networking them with practical opportunities to prosper. We want to introduce them to the right people, the right opportunity, and the right financial approach.
- The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at