I’m In Control
March 13, 2010
I’m In Control
Sue and I had a long plane ride this week, so I grabbed some CD’s to break up the monotony. One was Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets. Warren has several hundred thousand people working with him, and credits much of his success to mangers who run the various companies. One of the chapters discussed how he chose managers. His answer was that he sought people who had an attitude, “I’m in control.” He wanted to distance himself from people who would blame circumstances or other people, seeing themselves as “victims.” He was looking for “victors.” The Lord is looking for the same thing right now. Listen to the tone:
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Rom 8:37 NIV
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Phil 4:13 KJV
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isa 40:31 NIV
Jesus take the wheel – We’ve all heard that God is in control, He drives the bus, He’s the pilot, we’re the co-pilot. I’m suggesting it’s a theology that is good for new believers; Jesus is Lord. But, he is also the Lord of lords and the King of kings. As we mature, God teaches us to inherit our land and become responsible for it. In reality, I’m in control of my life. I determine what my life looks like. I’m responsible for failures and I learn from my mistakes. If I think theologically that I shouldn’t be in control, then I surrender to circumstances and people. I blame things and people for what is wrong in my life. It’s a way to excuse myself from responsibility… I may even blame God. I become a victim instead of a victor.
Intercession – If I really believe that God is in control and responsible for my life, then intercession becomes my attempt to convince God to change things. In fact, much of what we call intercession has roots in passive Christian theology. God does miraculously answer prayer. However, if I try to make intercession for miracles the norm, I set myself up for a continuing series of failures. I’m all for prayer, but it will never replace responsibility and initiative and wisdom. God is calling us to use wisdom and to take control of our lives and our circumstances. In fact, miracles occur most frequently when we are committed to taking control of our lives.
The secret of authority – Servants have a bureaucratic mentality. They are consumed with implementing their perception of what someone else wants. As servants, we feel particularly spiritual doing what we believe God wants. Servants don’t pretend to have authority (they don’t even want it); they simply carry the authority of someone else. If something goes wrong, they reason, “I was just doing what I was told”… the gas chamber defense! To be honest, servants are typically wrong in their perception of what God wants. It may be obedience; it may be sincere; but it’s still not quite God.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John 15:15-17 NIV
Real maturity is something different. God works through Kings who not only take control of their lives, but they do things they enjoy. They are motivated out of the desires of their own heart to build the Kingdom; they love their work. They will not tolerate a life of mediocrity or monotony for money or obedience or perceptions of what others want. Servants and Kings both can take direction, but only Kings will take responsibility. When something goes wrong they will not play the victim and place blame. Kings simply find a solution because the problem belongs to him or her. Owning the problem is what releases the authority to find an answer and the power to receive (or give) a miracle. Taking control doesn’t leave God out – quite the opposite. Our willingness to take responsibility is the key that releases the power of God to add a miraculous ingredient.
Example – If you’ve ever been around people who get consistent results praying for the sick, you’ll notice something different about the way they pray. They don’t ask God to heal the disease; they take authority over it themselves and command it to leave. Listen to the way Jesus explained “who” had authority:
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19-20 NIV
When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1-3 NIV
Leadership styles – What kind of managers does Warren Buffett look for? People who:
1. love what they do,
2. take control of their lives and responsibilities, and
3. learn from their own mistakes instead of making excuses and placing blame.
What is God looking for? The exact same three things. Can you see that Warren didn’t invent this list?
If a servant becomes a manager, he or she will manage through control. That’s all they know – making people do things they don’t want to do. If a King becomes a leader the people rejoice. Kings help people find their true calling by exploring their heart’s desire to find areas of self-motivation. They release people to do what they enjoy. For Kings, accountability is helping people attain their own dreams. It’s an amazing difference with an entirely different level of authority.
John and Sue
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PS: I want to recommend some follow-up reading.
Who is God by Harold Eberle provides the best explanation of the open 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.
1.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.
2.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.
3.The Mission – Network Kings with opportunities to mix business and missions. Accomplish the great commission through the marketplace and occupy the Seven mountains of: business, media, arts & entertainment, education, family and government in addition to the church. See video #1 and video #2
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