How Kings Love
October 03, 2010
How Kings Love
One of my favorite passages for Releasing Kings is sandwiched between two admonitions to “love each other.” Kings are creative and entrepreneurial and able to create wealth. But the secret behind their fruitfulness is a motivation to bless others out of a heart for people.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 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. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12-17 NIV
Family – the foundation of life is loving people unconditionally. Even if our family members are imperfect, we still love them because they are part of our heritage. Our parents, wives, and children are as imperfect as we are, yet the bond of “family” keeps us connected. That kind of unconditional love works in any relationship. It isn’t always received, but like Jesus, we can still extend it. Forgiveness is a fact of life in any relationship and it’s the lifeline to our own supply of grace. Family is just the first place to apply this truth.
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matt 6:14-15 NIV
Love makes a difference – It’s good to bless people with our words, but helping them materially to take the next step is often what God is doing. Those kinds of actions usually cost time and money. Kings can create both!
If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:16-17 NIV
Real leadership – In the Kingly sense, leadership is serving other people by helping them to become successful in pursuit of their own goals (not ours). We are not just giving to needs. Our primary goal is to help others “help themselves” out of poverty by inspiring their ability to hope and dream and work. Money always follows purpose. Our hearts have to have a great reason to receive the blessing God has in store for us. The first step is connecting people with the redemption in Jesus and the guiding voice of the Holy Spirit. The second step is helping them connect with their unique Kingdom purpose.
Kings who are successful in a particular field, delight to share their insights with those called in a similar vein. For example, those influential in business always work through a fraternity of contacts, friends and networks to reach their goals. Those still in poverty are often independent (just me and God) and have yet to connect with their tribe or family of co-laborers.
The oppressor / victim poverty mentality – Real love sets the captive free. Few realize that the chains that bind us are primarily in our heads. Christian love breaks the poverty of oppression where is thrives best – in our excuses! The tendency to expend emotional energy to find the reasons why we have not succeeded and divert the “blame” is an epidemic in our culture and national politics right now. It is childish and self-defeating. “It’s George Bush’s fault.” Sounds funny when you think about it.
Kings think and pray in terms of “how we do succeed.” Their emotional and spiritual energy is entirely spent on finding real answers and accepting responsibility. The most loving and enduring solution to poverty is helping people help themselves. Afformations are a great devotional exercise to adjust your thinking from serf to King. Learn to ask your mind and your maker the right question: “Why will I succeed” with the desires of your heart.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. Prov 25:2 NIV
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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.
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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.
You can get your copy of Releasing Kings for Ministry in the Marketplace or Desire to Destiny at