Friday, December 23, 2016

The Manger Leader's Source of Power

UV 2154/10000 The Manger Leader’s Source of Power
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1 v 23

God could have chosen to manifest His Son as a full grown man but He chose Mary to be the surrogate to bear the holy child. He could have chosen to have His Son to be born into a family of great wealth, stature and influence but He chose a virtually impoverished family whose head was a mere carpenter. God wanted the kingdom of God to begin as small as the mustard seed, to grow naturally to fill the whole earth with the knowledge of His truth and grace.

The kingdom of God is the government of God, by God, for God. God governance being better than good governance, His kingdom is ushered into the earth by Jesus being born as a normal human child though He is mighty God, Prince of Peace, Wonderful, Counsellor, Everlasting Father. His kingdom and therefore, manger leadership has the characteristics of power, peace, wonder, wisdom and of being for all eternity. A manger leader or manager does not just pay lip service to the idea of God but He is a living person indwelling in and with Him. Emmanuel or the God with us, in us, for us manifests Himself in a variety of ways in our day to day lives. Faith in the finished work of Jesus makes us worthy for God to dwell with us. Love of God in Christ produces good works in and through us.

When God is in us, with us, for us, we can tap into His wisdom. We experience His power, might and unfading greatness. We will gain an understanding of the wonders of creation that we normally would take for granted. The rising of the sun will remind us of the birth of Jesus every single day. The Lord will counsel us through His Holy Spirit to do certain things and as to what we should avoid doing. We will daily experience His love, care, protection and provision as our Everlasting Father. Manger leadership and management proceeds on the assumption that it is natural to be supernatural and spiritual since the non-physical parts of our being and life are created in the image of Christ. Jesus is the perfect image of God and it is the endeavour of the manger leader or manager to emulate Jesus, to model on Him, to be just like Him.

Prateep V Philip

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