Influence is better than authority

It can be said that leaders have both influence and authority.
Authority-the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.
Influence-the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone.

Be intentional about exercising your influence far more often than your authority. Great leaders build people not just accomplish goals.

How much time are you spending in the word of God?

When was the last time you opened your bible outside of church? When was the last time you got in the word just because you wanted to pursue, and know your Father? If you want to live your life kingdom first it will require you to seek Him, and His kingdom everyday simply because you want to know Him more, and understand His will for your life.

I think it is important to recognize, and understand that we are taking something in everyday even if it is subconsciously. For example, the culture around us is marketing to the level that the average person sees about 5,000 ads per day which adds up to about 2 million per year. This staggering number does not include watching, or scrolling through the news online. So we are clearly taking things in everyday whether we realize it or not. These marketing campaigns are meant to steer your thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and ultimately your life. In understanding that I would say it is that much more important that we choose to spend time with God, and spend time in His word.

If we are taking in that much influence, and propaganda everyday, how much more do we need to be taking in God’s influence through His word. It is God’s word, and will that should be steering our thoughts, choices, decisions, goals, plans, vision, and our lives. What the Father delights in giving us is far more precious, and valuable than what these ads are offering.

I will take this just a little bit further. Through Jesus we as sons of the kingdom have been sown into this world(Matthew 13:38), and we have the message of the kingdom to share with those around us. I think that we should be diligent in the pursuit of our Father, and understanding His word so that we can be good carriers of the message of the kingdom, and His new covenant. What I mean is that as good stewards we can offer up 5,000 of our own ads for people to take in. I don’t mean everyone has to go hit the street corner, and start preaching. Simply by letting the Lord direct your course, and your life you will be like a flashing neon sign that sticks out among all of the other ads out there. Be living epistles.

If you are trying to live in a such a way that you align your life with the word of God you are going to stand out. Your family relationships, and structure will look different. How you handle your money will be different. How you view, and treat others will be different. How you operate at your place of employment, or in your business will be different. Furthermore, if you continue in His word you will continue to become different as you renew your mind daily. He will transform you into something greater than you ever thought you could be.

Here is my challenge to you all in your pursuit to living a kingdom first life…fill your hearts, and minds with His word everyday.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi

 

Position, Title, Status, Authority.

What position are you seeking in the Kingdom? What title are you after? What kind of status symbol do you want to be? How do you want to be remembered? Are you a leader now? Important questions for those of us that want to live Kingdom first.

As people we have a desire to create structure, rank, and authority. We then want to climb to the top of the structure, have the highest rank, and carry the most authority. Sometimes we put ourselves on the bottom of the structure just to hold onto the highest rank so we can have the most authority. Meaning sometimes we try to mix the culture of the Kingdom with the culture of the world.

Authority should not be what we are chasing as we walk a Kingdom first life. We should be trying to influence. Let’s define the words. Authority-the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. The place that I want to exercise my authority is over the enemy. I do not want people to look at me as the one that forces their obedience, and orders their life. That is counter Kingdom. Influence-the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone. I do want to walk in this capacity. I want to influence people for Jesus, I want to influence in ways to connect them to their purpose as wells as help them as they walk out their purpose, and advance the Kingdom.

Let’s look at what Jesus said about it.

Luke 14:10-11

10 “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. 11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

It’s not the position at the top, or head that brings you honor in the kingdom, it is your humility in choosing the lowest position.

Luke 20:45-46

46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, 47 who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

They had position, title, status and authority, but look at what they did with it. Instead of influencing people for the Kingdom, they used position, title, status, and authority to devour, and tear down.

Luke 22:24-30

24 Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25 Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26 But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 27 Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.28 “You have stayed with me in my time of trial. 29 And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right 30 to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Who is the greatest? the one who takes the lowest rank. Who is the greatest? The one who becomes like a servant. Jesus is the greatest of all, and He was among us as the one who serves.

Your title, position, or rank may give you authority, but it will not give you influence (forcing compliance is not influence), and as a side note it is simply your identity in Christ that gives you authority over the enemy. Your title, position, rank, or authority does not make you great in the Kingdom. Who is the greatest in the kingdom? The one who becomes the greatest servant.

Live your life Kingdom first!

Levi