Sensitivity is one of the pillars of Kingdom Leadership.
Sensitivity to God’s leading and needs. Knowing what the Lord wants to achieve per time. Abraham goes down in the history of the world as a great leader, at least from the Biblical records of world leaders. Genesis chapter 18 shows us this dimension in Abraham. He saw three men and he knew instantly that they were not ordinary people. The whole conception of Sarah and the deliverance of Lot and his family in Sodom followed this encountered with these three men. The Bible talks about the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of times, to know what Israel ought to do I Chron. 12:32. Sensitivity to God’s leading, needs and the needs of the people of God.
We remember the story of Joshua and the Gibeonites. The Gibeonites had pretended to have travelled from afar to make a league with the Israelites so that they would not be killed by them. They deceived Joshua and the elders. The Israelites made a covenant with them that when they get to their lands, they would spare them only for them to later found out that the Gibeonites did not come from a far country but live in the land. For the sake of the covenant and league, they had to let the Gibeonites live.
Read Joshua 9: 3-27 for the complete story.
Verse 14 says “And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the LORD”.
Spiritual insensitivity is a dangerous adventure for us.
We must understand as Kingdom Leaders, that the assignment is given to us by God and it is dangerous to pursue the assignment without recourse to God who gave it. There are many ministries where God is locked out.
On several occasions, we have used Rev. 3:20 to minister to unbelievers where Jesus Christ said “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20)
Whereas the Lord was not talking to unbelievers but believers because the letter was written to the Church of Laodicea. Let us wake up our sensitivity. Be sensitive to God’s leading by instructions.
4. Skillfulness (Professionalism)
You need to be skillful in whatever the Lord has called you into. This implies professionalism. If you are called into drama, be skillful in it. If you are called into music, preaching, teaching, exhorting, etc ministries develop your capacity to effectively discharge on your assignment.
Paul wrote concerning Archippus thus: “And say to Achippus, take heed to the ministry you have received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it”. Col. 4:17. There is a need to take heed to the ministry that God has called you into. One of the ways to take heed, among several ways, is to develop your capacity to deliver on your divine assignment. Develop your skill. Read books, listens to tapes, attend conferences and seminar that can help you to be skillful in your area of calling.
Joseph was a skillful administrator/manager. Potiphar left everything he had to him to manage.
In the prison, he became the chief administrator. He was not only spirit filled, but also skillful in his job.
David was a skillful warrior. Concerning him the Bible says, “So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart and guided them by the skillfulness of his hands” Psalm 78:72.
Daniel was a skillful counselor. He controlled the destiny of Babylon for 65 years.
Seek knowledge and be good in what God has called you into.
So, additional pillars are added for us this week:
Sensitive to God’s leading and needs. Also, we need to be sensitive to the needs of our followers.
Then, we need to develop our capacity to deliver the heavenly mandates.
God will not fulfill your ministry for you.
God has done His own part; it’s time you do yours.
Dr Godwyns Ade’ AGBUDE