Spiritual Intelligence: Do Your Utmost To Come Before Winter

Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come—and the books, especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm. May the Lord repay him according to his works. You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words.

At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.

But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve mefor His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick.

Do your utmost to come before winter.

Eubulus greets you, as well as Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren.

The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.


Leadership can be a lonely road sometimes… Perhaps one of the reasons why many do not stand-up to the challenge. A leader must gravitate towards the object of the call. Hence those that are called by God undergo a process of transformation even as they draw towards the One that has called. On this subject Paul wrote;

Follow me, as I follow Christ

This shows a chain of connectivity with Christ as his source and Paul (the leader) as the conduit. This of-course does not make him superior to his followers as we are called to serve one another, for the body functions to optimal capacity with each cell, tissue, and organ playing its role effectively – so also the church.

However this also poses a major problem as those closest to the leader are likely to run out of emotional and spiritual capital needed to respond to this pull as things get tougher, or as the heat increases. Little wonder why Paul mentioned his experience with Alexander and Demas, as he beckoned on Timothy to come before winter in my opening scripture.

The Rabbi Himself suffered doubt from his cousin John, evident as he sent his disciples to verify His messianic credentials. This is the same John that heralded;

Behold the lamb of John that takes away the sins of the world

Even Peter denied him thrice during His passion.

Friends I pray this morning for strength, determination and courage to withstand and overcome the opposing tides of our time. To stand-up and be counted when it matters most. To be a beacon of hope in a lost world. And to help reclaim the kingdom once again. So help us God. Amen.


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Axe!

The Lord replies,

“Write down the message I am showing you in a vision.
Write it clearly on the tablets you use.
Then a messenger can read it
and run to announce it.
The message I give you
waits for the time I have appointed.
It speaks about what is going to happen.
And all of it will come true.
It might take a while.
But wait for it.
You can be sure it will come.
It will happen when I want it to.

Our minds conceive ideas, our spirit drive ideas. In accelerating the reach and increase the surface area of the idea, people of like minds are connected. The job of the leader is to communicate, inspire, and empower these people to harness and maximise their potentials through the delivery processes.

In my opening quote from the book of Habakkuk, we see clear instructions to the prophet on how to get the job done which I have summarised in these words;

Write it, Tell it to stakeholders, Work on it, and Be Patient.

A cross cutting theme here is Communication, this includes; oral, visual and written elements. So, we need to find new ways of communicating, while we keep fine-tuning existing channels.

Emotional Capital is not an infinite resource, if your stakeholders hit empty they will simply stop running. This creates a drag in the system – much effort but slow progress. So sharpen your axe!

In the words of our wise friend Solomon;

If an axe is dull
and one doesn’t sharpen it first,
then one must exert more force.
It’s profitable to be skillful and wise.


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Emotional Capital

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

~ Henry W Longfellow, Abolitionist, Poet and Educator.

As we embark on another voyage this week, this Poem comes to mind – a favourite of my late Mum’s. In fact for a long time I thought it was Shakespearean.

Friends I submit to you that true greatness is not for the fainthearted. Its the product of Selfless Service powered by passion and patience; tirelessly invested into what we believe and hold dear. But sadly this emotional capital has either been misdirected or hijacked for most.

In one of Paul’s letters of encouragement to his friends, he puts it this way;

But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.

So, if you truly believe you are on the right path – just stay with it!


~ Sabali