Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Empowering People

Ephesians 4:11-12 

11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

I challenge each of you this week, to come alongside me as I purposely focus on the leadership attribute of Empowerment.

1. Make the conscious decision to Empower those around you.
2. Inquire of others so that you are aware of and understand their personal goals and dreams.
3. Commit to creating, or referring others to opportunities for training, and skill development through practice or mentorship.
Here’s why! As Leaders, it is our responsibility to equip God’s people. We teach, we model, we guide, we direct. As the Holy Spirit empowers us, it is our responsibility to empower others. The World English Dictionary defines the word Empowerment as follows: “the giving of an ability; enablement or permission.”
When we provide guidance and opportunities for growth and learning, we empower others to reach their personal goals. However, in the mist of this, not only can personal goals be met, but each individual then becomes better able to contribute to the goals of a team. You see, one of the results of empowering others, is the formation of a team. When you empower, or pour into someone else in practical and spiritual ways, a unity develops. The word of God refers to this as a “unity of Love.” As these relationships mature, the team is now well able to accomplish many things. All members walking in love, God-confidence, prosperity (far above financial wealth), creativity, and faith, this team becomes a force within the Kingdom of God. Fear, jealousy, insecurity, intimidation, and the like have no place in this team, as empowered individuals..they are secure in God, secure in themselves, secure in one another, and secure in their ability as a team to do a great work.

Who then, is a part of your team? Who are you empowering? As you lead the people God has assigned to you, are you conscious of their needs and desires to fulfill their personal goals? Have you sought God so that you might understand how all of your destinies intersect, and for His way in leading this team so that everyone’s vision is realized?

1 Kings 3 (English Standard Version)
7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

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Saturday, August 18th, 2012 8:30am
Sunrise Christian Academy
126 Highway 138 SE, Riverdale, Georgia 30274-4004