Here’s a true story of a business owner I know, whom we’ll call “Bryan.” He leads from an eternal kingdom perspective:
Bryan caught an employee sleeping on the job. A coworker told him he should let the man go because it isn’t the first time they caught him sleeping. But Bryan knew his decision wasn’t just a matter of his business, but it would have lasting impact within the eternal kingdom of God. This includes the man, his soul, as well as Bryan’s soul, and God’s hand on the business. He needed to make a decision with the wisdom of the Lord.
After prayer and listening for direction from the Spirit, instead of firing him, Bryan talked with the man. He found out his wife had just left him with their baby and he incurred mounting financial difficulties. Bryan felt the Lord’s leading to say, “We’re going to start over with you.” Then he laid out a plan for the man’s continued employment, with good results. The man changed his work habits. Four or five years later the man decided to take another job opportunity, but he thanked Bryan for helping him through the rough time, and for giving him a godly work environment.
Think about it. How did Bryan’s decision effect eternity, his own future? The man’s future? The future of the other employees? The company’s future?
Now imagine the scenario with a different outcome. What if Bryan did not have eternal perspective? What if he didn’t care about the man or his soul, only how he could benefit the company? What if he thought only about immediate loss of production? What if, instead of praying for God’s wisdom, Bryan fired the man. How would that impact the future of the lives involved? God’s hand on the company?
We’ll never know the answers, of course. But we do know that:
- Christ created us with an eternal purpose to reign with Him into eternity (Gen 1:28; Rev. 5:10; 22:5).
- Christ is building His eternal kingdom within us in every sphere our leadership carries us (Matt 13:33; 16:18-19; Luke 17:20-21; II Corinthians 5:20).
- If Christ is building this eternal kingdom within us, then He places us in our spheres of leadership as ambassadors for His kingdom with eternal purpose (II Cor 5:20).
Understanding God’s plan for our place in His eternal kingdom gives us a different perspective for considering leadership decisions, words, and actions. It drives us to Him, to know Him, hear Him and obey His wise counsel.
Look for the sequel coming on Wednesday: 3 Differences Eternity Makes for Real-Time Leadership
- John 10:3, 27
- Patricia Tillman