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Spiritual Intelligence: RIP To The Man I Used To Be

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Jesus made this profound statement after He had revealed His death and resurrection to His bewildered disciples.

Good morning friends. The cross was given to Jesus by the Roman soldiers assigned to flog, brutalise and crucify Him. It’s a symbol of pain, suffering and shame. Its a burden, a cause, a mission, a passion, a purpose, a destiny…. Suffice to say that if you haven’t found yours yet, I pray that God almighty will begin to stir up your spirit to; discover, harness, and deploy it in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Dear friends that is the starting point of discipleship, for each disciple must follow Jesus with their own cross. Unlike The London Marathon, no amount of training, coaching and nutritional programme can prepare you for the challenges of discipleship. It cannot be simulated, it is our daily choices of denying our present self for the transcending glory of our future self.

Discipleship is costly. It might cost you “friends”, family; hurt your “reputation”; life can be a little tougher sometimes, but exceedingly rewarding in the end. In Paul’s long walk to freedom, he made this statement in a letter to his friends;

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

So, in closing this morning’s thought, I leave you with this beautiful hymn by Fanny J Crosby.

Jesus, keep me near the cross,
There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—
Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.

Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross,
Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find
Rest beyond the river.

Near the cross, a trembling soul,
Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star
Sheds its beams around me.

Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day,
With its shadows o’er me.

Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand,
Just beyond the river.

Happy Palm Sunday!

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Succession Planning

You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer. Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules. The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops. Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.

Wow… Very wise words from a mentor. With that as backdrop, let’s look at some important lessons for effective succession planning.

  1. Discipleship: Pass on what you know to reliable and qualified people, so they can teach others. This can be achieved through high impact training, coaching and mentoring.
  2. Apprenticeship: Join me. Apprenticeship is Work-based learning. In other-words you learn by doing. In an apprenticeship, you train the apprentice on and off the job. They are also to be assessed on and off the job for competencies.
  3. Effective Communication: Communicate effectively in very simple terms, and keep reminding your followers of the goals and objectives. Use all forms of media and channels to stimulate the interest of the stakeholders.
  4. Reflection: Reflection gives depth and dimension into a matter. It provides insight and illumination which stirs the reflector into action, or in some cases; change or review a proposal. It is also imperative that we imbibe a reflective culture within our organisations. Allow people to reflect and learn from their mistakes.
  5. Faithfulness: Please your commanding officer. In pleasing God, you inspire others to do likewise. If you are not a good follower, you can’t be a good leader. True leaders have a servant’s heart.
  6. Recognition and Reward: The Victor’s Crown. True leaders are not insecure; they recognise and reward hard work, faithfulness, skills and talents.
  7. Recruitment: Entrust. Seek out and reach to potential successors, and start this process early.
  8. Prayers: Most importantly, pray as Jesus did. Pray that they grow in grace, pray that the enemy does not derail their destiny.

In the words of The Rabbi on this very important subject;

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’

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~ Sabali

 

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Spiritual Intelligence: Donkeys Leading Lions

Donkeys Leading Lions…

This phrase has been used so many times to describe; the fate of soldiers and the politicians that lead them to senseless wars, or that of soldiers and some of the Generals that have led them in wars.

Perhaps the best possible origin can be traced to this Arabic proverb;

An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep

With this as a backdrop, I hope you will agree with me that the need for leadership, and effective succession planning strategies cannot be over-emphasised. In the words of The Rabbi to His disciples;
Follow me, and I will make you… This statements my friends, graphically explains the process of discipleship. Followers are bound to be transformed and made through the process of following.

If our apprentices are not being transformed, If we are not making leaders out of ordinary everyday people, then I’m afraid we have to go back to the drawing board.

Sadly, like King Saul many have subjected the soldiers to a fast at a time when they need “the bread of life”, as a result we have too many weak believers, and very high mortality and casualty rate within our ranks.

The Rabbi said this to His audience about the leaders of their era;

Jesus replied, “Every plant not planted by my Father shall be rooted up, so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and both will fall into a ditch.”

I pray that we arise from the depths of despair, receive courage and fulfil our destiny!

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This couple obliged to have their photo taken by a complete stranger (me) yesterday. I like their sense of style. God bless them!

~ Sabali