Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ed's Leadership Files... Take Charge

#1 Take Charge – Be Fruitful And Multiply

Read Genesis 1:26-31

In Gen 1:28 (NKJV), God told Adam & Eve "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion… over every living thing that moves on the earth."

If you read The Message Bible, it says, "Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible..."

  • To Prosper means to progress, to become strong and flourishing, and to succeed in what we plan to achieve.

  • To Reproduce and Fill the Earth means to reproduce of your own kind, to make disciples, to train and shape.

  • To Take Charge means to lead and to invest effort – planning, strategizing and executing

  • To Be Responsible means to be accountable, to have initiative

Remember in Gen 1:26, God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion…" In other words, it is His nature to take charge. So should we.

The problem is we often belittle what we have – ourselves, our ideas, our abilities – that we aren’t creative, we aren’t trained, or we aren’t good enough. Or that our people aren’t committed, aren’t bold, aren’t good enough. Maybe we even doubt our leaders' abilities.

But God tells us in Gen 1:29-31 that He has given Man of every herb and tree which yield fruit and seeds, and of every beast and bird and creeping thing. We have already been given of every resource we need – people, brains, the Holy Spirit. And to God, everything is good.

Everything we have is good – that is, ourselves, our creative minds, our time and energy, our people etc. It’s up to us now to hone, master and harness of whatever we have within reach.

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