Kings – Serve Without Being Servants
April 04, 2010
Kings – Serving Without Being a Servant
Resurrection life – Jesus came that we might have life and life more abundantly. His death and resurrection certainly gave us eternal life which we celebrate. I’m fascinated by the concept of starting my eternal life now. Allowing Jesus to be Lord and King over our own lives releases a powerful salvation dynamic that starts right now. We receive salvation, but that’s not all; we begin a process of learning to receive, that enables us to bless the nations.
“I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God 30 will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30 NIV (at this time, in this life)
What “Life” looks like – “Entrepreneurial” has a business connotation, but it is close to describing the concept of “life” in believers. We all know people who are content to do the minimum; to get by, doing what they are told with little imagination, initiative or dreams. Their outlook is introverted, and they are often blind to their own selfishness.
By contrast, believers who are “alive in this life” are creative, bold, enthusiastic, and they are led by the dreams of their heart to bless the nations. They learn to receive in order to give; they are blessed to bless others. We all go through this transition. When we first get saved, our emphasis is on learning to hear the voice of God and obey His leadings, to live by the principles of scripture. We learn under Godly instructors (pastors) and we learn to serve others. It’s a great incubator called the local church. At some point, usually years into the process, God begins to stir us toward our personal dream and ministry. That’s when a transition occurs to become “Kingly.” First we are faithful stewards in that which is another man’s (servants) and then we receive that which is our own and we take ownership of the responsibility (Kings).
Serving, but no longer a servant – Listen to Jesus talk to His disciples about their identity-shift from servant.
You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 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. John 15:14-17 NIV
Allow me to share a secret from my personal, professional and pastoral experience. God did not design us to just do what we are told. We are designed to find the will of God in the desires of our own hearts. God intended that we be excited about life. Our self-identity is important in this regard. If we conceive of ourselves as servants, we are very prone to miss “life.” The religious lifestyle is trying to meet the expectations of another while ignoring the desires of our own heart. It’s a guilt-ridden bondage that kills “life.”
The jail-break experience – We are pointing to a jail-break out of that whole religious mindset. No one identifies with a slave… most Christians proudly identify with the concept of servant. I’m trying to dynamite them out of their poverty and their pew. “Servant” for most Christians in the US translates to doing something for the pastor or the congregation in the context of church… and forsaking their own desires and preferences. We’ve been taught that we are sinful and our heart’s desires are carnal. We feel unworthy of leading, incapable of responsibility, hoping someone will take care of us because we are such faithful servants (God, our family, our church, or the government). I’m intentionally confronting that mentality.
A Better covenant – We have something much better and much different… that actually “serves” even more. “Serving” in the religious context of church is just a game; semi-useful to learn the concept for new Christians, but motivationally disastrous as a lifestyle over a lifetime. As long as our sense of identity is “servant,” we never pursue God as friend or King, and usually don’t come out of poverty, or come close to our destiny. Servants “surrender”… they are “under” a “chain” of command and “submit” to circumstances and live in scarcity. Obedience is their watchword; at the expense of creativity and initiative and personal responsibility. When servants face obstacles, they affirm that God is in control and treat resistance as a trial which perfects them. Kings “take control” and reverse the circumstances. Kings will take responsibility; servants give responsibility back to God or push it up the chain to someone else.
We’re learning to be the head and not the tail so we can really make a difference in blessing the nations, reaching the poor, handling finances, etc. To do all that, our identity has to be Kingly.
Jesus did serve; He came to serve, but He didn’t claim that as His identity. His real identity (which He did claim) was God, the Messiah, the King of Kings. He used the power and authority of his position to serve others through the wealth and abundance of his position. The problem with using the servant label too much in church is that people take it as their identity, and never occupy the position of wealth, or power, or influence in either practical or spiritual matters. That’s why we are “Releasing Kings.” And we quote John 15:15 at every turn.
Learning to receive – Once we let go of “religion” and experience the Kingdom, we are amazed at the abundance of grace and finances and ministry and blessing. Before we can minister to others and bless the nations, we first have to learn to receive something to give. That principle applies in both spiritual and practical matters. We were born to “overflow.” We have laid down our scarcity at the altar and we have gone to work.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Ps 23:5 NKJV
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” John 7:38-39 NASU
The greatest service – We should be good Samaritans and help the poor and needy around the world. However, we don’t stop there. Once we learn to receive, we can impart the spirit of life and abundance to others. It’s a neglected part of the good news of our gospel message. We “serve” from a position of abundance and we help others live there too! We have anointing, and wisdom, and finances in abundance so that we can impart to those with less. We give the gift “and” we impart the lifestyle.
But without any dispute the lesser is blessed by the greater. Heb 7:7 NASU
The impartation doesn’t stop with meeting an immediate need. In fact, giving can degenerate to welfare, and welfare as a lifestyle actually produces scarcity and creates a poverty mentality. The goal of Kings is to release Kings. We help others to learn to receive and walk in Kingdom abundance too. It’s not an exclusive club; abundance, creativity, dreams, initiative and working on the desires of our heart is for everyone. Our goal is self-sustaining missions by converting servants to Kings.
For too long Christians have minimized the role of finances in ministry to offerings – part of why Christians are prone to poverty. A door in the Spirit has opened. We’re realizing that using wealth to do ministry is part of our spiritual heritage. It’s exciting, it’s fruitful and it’s fun. Imagine – entrepreneurial Christians who know how to convert money into ministry. God is releasing them all over the world right now to build His Kingdom and invite the captives to freedom.
“And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas and said to them, ‘Do business with this until I come back.’ Luke 19:13 NASU
“Put this money to work” NIV
Jesus laid down his live for us. Three days later He picked it up again. Life begins when we say “yes” to picking up our lives and experiencing resurrection life – now.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life — only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:17-18
We have been given power and authority to do great and wonderful works. God is asking us this question, “Will you take responsibility?” “Yes Lord!”
John and Sue
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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 show how to become a King and how your 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.
Facebook – I’m starting to post more information on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/john.garfield1
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
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at