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The Get Off Your Attitude Radio Show is hosted by Ryan Lowe on 990 AM Radio in New Orleans, Louisiana and worldwide at www.WGSO.com.  

The content below is taken from the February 14th Get Off Your Attitude Radio Show where Ryan Lowe and I discuss the faith-based leadership content of my two business leadership books: The Make It Happen Journey and Kings Come Forth. Besides reading the basic content of our discussion below, there is also a link to the actual podcast of the radio show at the end of this post.

 1.      As an executive business leader with more than 20 years of professional business leadership experience, a degree in Finance, a Masters in Business Administration, and a CPA, what caused you to make such a significant career transition from the business world into Christian ministry?

Well, after working for more than 16 years as a business executive at Ochsner, the place I was born and the place that helped cure my sister of cancer twice, it was a very difficult decision for me to choose to leave.  However, my wife and I really felt that the Lord was leading us in a new direction for our family and my life.  With that said, I guess it was sort of like when God called Abraham to leave the land of his family and move to a new land that God would show him.  Abraham had to trust God and leave the place of familiarity to move to a new place of faith in God.  It was the same with me, so I approached the President of Ochsner Health System and asked for the blessing to leave, even while Ochsner had been a wonderful place for me to work, learn, and grow as a business leader for so many years. With the President’s blessing to leave Ochsner, I took the huge step of faith trusting God to lead me on a new exciting faith adventure with Him. 

At that time, my church which is Church of the King in Mandeville, Louisiana was continuing to grow and needed some help with building the operational infrastructure to sustain the growth, so I joined the leadership team as a full-time volunteer for one year and then joined the paid staff as the CAO and an Associate Pastor at the end of that year. Now being on the staff for more than 2.5 years, it has been an awesome pleasure and privilege to be part of Senior Pastor Steve Robinson’s Lead Team and working with the tremendous leadership team at Church of the King to believe God and to make a big impact in His kingdom.  At Church of the King, we build people and with 4,000 to 5,000 people attending services each week at our 4 campus locations across the Gulf South region – Little Creek Campus in Mandeville, North Causeway Campus in Mandeville, Gulf Coast Campus in Biloxi, and our South Shore Campus in Metairie – we are making a significant difference reaching people with the love of God and building lives in our community.

2.      Besides being on the Lead Team at Church of the King in New Orleans, you are also the President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute. What is The Make It Happen Learning Institute and why did you create the organization?

The Make It Happen Learning Institute is a leadership development and professional coaching organization that I created in 2003 to help leaders in the marketplace to build organizations on faith-based leadership principles from the Word of God and help create cultures of empowerment that unleash people’s God-given potential to make a difference in life.  The vision of The Make It Happen Learning Institute is Reaching People, Unleashing The Extraordinary! ®.  Through the team values and the leadership principles that I teach as an executive leadership coach, I believe business leaders in the marketplace are effectively engaged, equipped, empowered, and encouraged to build their teams and their organizations to the glory of God and the benefit of others. 

Unfortunately, when I first became a leader, even though I had an MBA, a CPA, and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, I quickly realized that I needed to learn some things about being a leader which I had not learned in college.  Therefore, I began to attend leadership conferences and also reading all kinds of leadership books to help me become an effective leader. Then I realized that even though learning about leadership was helpful in my personal leadership growth and development, it would be even more helpful to my team if I could help teach them the leadership principles that I was learning as a leader; therefore, I started a leadership development book club called The Make It Happen Leadership Development College to help the leaders on my team grow and develop as leaders also.  I called it The Make It Happen Leadership Development College because we were learning things from leadership books that were not taught in college.  From that little leadership development book club came the idea for the founding of The Make It Happen Learning Institute to not only help the leaders on my teams to  grow as leaders but to also help the leaders in other organizations to grow and develop as leaders as well.

3.      Tell me about your book The Make It Happen Journey.  What is the book about and what was your motivation for writing the book?

The Make It Happen Journey is my very first book that I wrote and it is about the journey I took with my team at Ochsner Health System to build an extraordinary team of make it happen people.  In fact, I had never really set out to be an author; however, as I was building my team on Make It Happen Team Values, I discovered, as Ken Blanchard would say, “values needed to be lived and not framed”, so I was constantly living, breathing, teaching, and modeling the values every day with my team and also teaching my leaders to do the same. Therefore, as a result of doing that for a few years, I thought that it would be helpful to actually write all of the values and leadership principles in a book so that my leaders could use it as a leadership tool and reference with their own teams.  So I started writing the book; however, after writing one chapter, I became discouraged and actually quit until sometime later when one of the leaders on my team began to encourage me to start again and finish it.  He was an entrepreneur who was writing and self-publishing medical coding books to help medical coders become certified professional medical coders and he believed that I could do the same with my book by writing it and self-publishing it.  So with his encouragement, I decided to get up early every morning to write the book and self-publish it.

Additionally, the Bible says that the two greatest commandments in the kingdom of God is to love the Lord with all your, heart, mind, soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself.  As servant leaders in the kingdom of God, I believe every leader has the spiritual leadership responsibility to do this with the help of God in their respective teams and businesses.  There are many examples of business leaders who are successfully building their organizations on the values and leadership principles of the Bible.  For example, Chick-Fila, Hobby Lobby, and Interstate Batteries are just a few of the many businesses that are building their organizations on biblical leadership principles and are thriving in the marketplace as a result.  The lie of the devil is that it can’t be done, but the truth is that it can be done and it can be done well!

4.      Of the nine team values that you write about in The Make It Happen Journey, describe which values you think have the biggest impact in building an extraordinary team?

Well, I believe that all of the Make It Happen Team Values are very important, however, before I share the importance of those values, I’d like to share how they came about.  At the time I was given leadership responsibility for my large division at Ochsner, it was no secret that we were having significant problems in performance.  In fact, prior to my leadership assignment for the division, our division had three different leaders in three short years, so the life cycle of the leader responsible for the division was not very good at all and I was seriously wondering if it would be any different for me.  With that as a reality, I knew that I had a major challenge on my hands and was majorly concerned about my ability to make the changes that needed to be made, until one evening when I heard a physician colleague share a personal story about his family’s vacation experience flying Southwest Airlines.

He said they were on their flight home from being out west when they landed in Dallas with a three to four-hour layover. However, as his family was waiting in the lobby, he noticed there was a plane at the gate headed for New Orleans, their final destination, and passengers were beginning to board right at that time. So, he went to the ticket counter and asked the agent if it would be possible for he and his family to get on that plane instead of waiting several hours for their flight. The ticket agent happily checked the system and found that there were, in fact, enough open seats on the plane for him and his family. However, she told him that, because the plane was leaving in just a few moments, there would be no way Southwest Airlines could retrieve their luggage in enough time to get it on the plane. My colleague considered this dilemma for a minute and then decided that they would prefer to fly home sooner than later, and that they would just have the luggage delivered to their home once it arrived. Therefore, he and his family immediately received their tickets and boarded the departing plane.

After he was seated on the plane, he peered out the window and, to his astonishment, he noticed that his luggage was sitting on a cart right outside the plane. Because of this, he hastily called over the flight attendant, who was wearing a “Can Do” pin, and asked her a simple question, “Is it true that you (Southwest) are really the ‘Can Do’ people? After she contemplated his question for a moment, she confidently answered, “Yes, why do you ask?” With that, he succinctly explained to her the situation regarding the connection his family was making and the fact that because of the lack of time, Southwest would not be able to get their luggage on the plane before the plane departed. He further mentioned that, as he sat there, he noticed his luggage just outside on a cart. With all that said, he then challenged the flight attendant by saying, “If you (Southwest) really are the ‘Can Do’ people, then it seems to me that you could find a way to get my luggage on this plane.” After listening attentively to his plea, the flight attendant politely responded to his challenge by saying, “I guess you’re right. Let me take you to the pilot so we can talk to him about this situation.” In the meantime, the door to the plane had just been closed.

Now, I’m not sure how widely known this is, but Southwest has one of the fastest turnaround times in the airline industry, for getting people on and off their planes an back in the air. The reason they do this is that everyone in the company knows the company makes money when planes are in the air, not when they are on the ground. As a result, they build all of their processes and structures to support a quick turnaround, hence their policy of no assigned or first class seats. So, with that in mind, I am sure you can imagine that at that moment just before the flight, the pilot, probably considered the most important person on the plane, was doing some pretty important things preparing the plane for a safe flight. I say that the pilot is probably considered the most important person on the plane because he or she is the person who has the lives of all the crew and passengers in his or her hands as they travel from one city to the next. If the pilot does his job well, everyone lives and gets to where they are going safe and sound. If he does not do his job well, there could be all sorts of problems. With that as a possibility, I guess you might agree that the pilot has a pretty important job. However, the flight attendant challenged by my colleague regarding their “Can Do” value did not hesitate for one moment to interrupt the pilot from what he was doing to prepare the plane for their safe flight. Of course, this was before 9/11, when access to the pilots and the cockpit was unrestricted.

When the pilot stopped what he was doing to hear the situation, he quickly responded by asking my colleague one question, “Do you have your baggage claim tickets?” With an affirmative answer, the pilot then asked him to give him the claim tickets. Once the tickets were handed over, the pilot then climbed out of his seat, walked to the door of the plane, opened it, whistled to a ground crew member, and shouted, “Hey, you over there, could you please grab this luggage and hand it to me?” The person on the ground quickly took the claim tickets, matched them to the proper luggage, and then swiftly handed it to the pilot so they could put it on the plane. As the pilot then closed the door, he turned to my former colleague, handed him his luggage, smiled, and simply declared, “You know, it’s fun to be that good!” Then he stepped back into the cockpit and safely flew their family and their luggage home to New Orleans.

When I heard him tell this story, it was like I was struck by lightning. I was left awestruck by his experience with that entire flight team at Southwest and I knew instantly that I needed to build my team with that same kind of “Can Do” spirit and teamwork if we were going to be able to turn things around for our team mates and customers. So I went back to my team, shared the Southwest “Can Do” story with them and asked them if they thought we could build the same kind of team. With their encouraging yes, I promised to do everything I could to serve them as their leader and help them make it happen in faith. I told them that we couldn’t be the “Can Do” people of Southwest, but from that day forward, we would be the “Make It Happen” people at Ochsner and I began to define our Make It Happen Team Values as a team which are fully described in The Make It Happen Journey to help other leaders do the same with their teams.

5.      Besides writing The Make It Happen Journey, you have also written a second book titled Kings Come Forth. Why did you choose such a title for your second book and what is the basic message of the book?

Yes, Kings Come Forth is an interesting title for my second book; however, I believe that it fully captures the essence of the message contained in the book. While The Make It Happen Journey is written in the make-it-happen language of business for any business leader in business whether they have faith in God or not – if businesses don’t make it happen in business, they go out of business – Kings Come Forth is written specifically to encourage, equip, engage, and empower men and women of faith in the kingdom of God (royalty) to rise up in their spiritual leadership responsibility in the marketplace as business leaders (modern-day kings and queens) and make a huge difference in our community for the glory of God and the benefit of others. In the Bible, there are three identified roles in the kingdom of God – Priest, Prophet, and King. In Kings Come Forth, business leaders in the marketplace will find the scriptural references and support for their spiritual leadership roles in the marketplace as kings in the kingdom of God.

Furthermore, as a complementary leadership resource, The Make It Happen Journey, can be used by any business leader – whether they have faith in God or not – to build a solid team that makes a significant difference in the community and the lives of people.  In Philippians 4:13, the Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In the make-it-happen language of the marketplace, this means, “I can make it happen through Christ who gives me strength.” The Make It Happen Team Values in The Make It Happen Journey helps business leaders chart a course to build their businesses and their teams on the “can do” principles of the Word of God with excellence and wisdom. Because Joshua and Caleb possessed the “can do” Spirit of God, in faith they gave a good report of the Promised Land and declared in Numbers 13:30, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it” (The Message).

I believe that God has given the body of Christ the land of the business community, however, business leaders must believe like Joshua and Caleb that we can take the land and make it happen in Christ. Therefore, The Make It Happen Journey is written as a leadership tool to effectively equip business leaders with practical faith-based values that can create team cultures of excellence that benefit people in business, unleash people’s God-given potential to make a difference in life, and glorify God as the King of kings and Lord of lords.

6.      In Kings Come Forth, you describe two distinct leadership styles in the marketplace.  Which style do you think is the most prevalent style and why?

The distinction between a king that troubles or oppresses and a king that prevails with God is an important distinction because modern-day kings in the marketplace—business leaders—whether they know it or not, are leading with a prevalent tendency toward one or the other of these two distinctly different leadership expressions. The business leader who leads as a king that troubles or oppresses leads with a spirit of taskmaster and possesses defining taskmaster leadership character traits. And likewise, the business leader who leads as a king that prevails with God leads with a spirit of servant leadership and possesses defining servant leadership character traits.

Taskmaster leaders have leadership character traits such as:

• Internal motivation driven by power

• Ego-centric perspective focused on self

• Decisions grounded in fear and insecurity

• Tasks people without the proper tools and resources

• Takes from people more than gives to them

• Recognizes self accomplishments at the expense of others

• Tears people down physically, spiritually, and emotionally

The story of Pharaoh in the Bible provides a classic example of a leader with a spirit of taskmaster. In this taskmaster environment, the leader is the most important person on the team, the people are there to merely serve the boss, and the customers receive the lowest service priority. Unfortunately, such a leader today puts profit over people by tasking them with rigor, doubling the quota, and taking away the straw without any regard for their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being.

On the other hand, servant Leaders have leadership character traits such as:

• Internal motivation driven by influence

• People-centric perspective focused on others

• Decisions grounded in faith and security

• Equips people with the proper tools and resources

• Gives to people more than takes from them

• Recognizes the accomplishments of others at the expense of self

• Builds people up physically, spiritually, and emotionally

The story of Nehemiah in the Bible provides a classic example of a leader with a spirit of servant leadership. In this servant leadership environment, the leader is the least important person on the team, the leaders are there to serve the people, and the customers receive the highest service priority. Such a leader today puts people over profit and serves people by giving them everything they need to win in life – personally and professionally – with the highest regard for their spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being. And as a result, the people serve their customers with the highest care and concern.

Unfortunately, when leaders in the marketplace today lead with a spirit of taskmaster, I think they just don’t know that they can lead differently and actually have the blessing and favor of God to  help them if they are willing to learn how  to lead with a spirit of servant leadership instead. The simple truth is that leaders who prevail with God and build their teams on biblical values and leadership principles will be blessed with the greatest talent on their teams and the highest performance because people want to be cared about and customers want too be served with excellence.

7.      Where can people purchase your books and how can they learn more about The Make It Happen Learning Institute?

The best way for people to learn more about The Make It Happen Learning Institute is to visit my faith-based leadership insights blog for marketplace leaders at www.makeithapppenmoment.com. On the blog, there is all kind of free leadership material and information that can help resource leaders to make a significant difference in the community by building their teams and organizations to the glory of God and the benefit of others.

To check out the podcast of the Get Off Your Attitude Radio Show hosted by Ryan Lowe where Ryan and I discuss the faith-based leadership content of The Make It Happen Journey and Kings Come Forth, please Click Here.

To see the short video book trailer for Kings Come Forth and The Make It Happen Journey, please Click Here.

Lastly, please join me on the make it happen faith adventure in the marketplace to build teams and businesses for the glory of God and the benefit of people by sharing this faith-based leadership discussion transcript of my guest visit on the Get Off Your Attitude Radio Show with your family, friends, and colleagues. Many thanks and blessings!

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The Make It Happen Journey Chapter 1 and 2

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Chapter 1: The Corporate Mindless Robot Factory

Have you ever worked for a company where people, most commonly referred to as “employees,” merely follow instructions dictated by their bosses? In such companies, the working environment is often reduced to a factory of mindless robots that becomes devoid of vision, values, creativity, and innovation. Not surprisingly, performance stagnates and becomes mediocre. And it is simply because the corporate leadership has failed to provide the people inside the company with an environment that inspires them to do more than just their job descriptions and what their bosses tell them to do. Unfortunately, this kind of environment is far too common in corporate America. However, there is a way for people with courage to make a difference and change the corporate mindless robot factory into a corporate Make It Happen adventure land. But to do it, one must embark upon the…Make It Happen Journey.

On the Make It Happen Journey, positive attitudes reign supreme and optimism abounds. Vision is the motivating force behind every action. Service enthusiasm is the only acceptable mode of operation. High expectations define the standards of excellence. Innovation and calculated risk-taking are the fuel that powers adventure. Bold planning provides the road map to every treasure. Performance measurements are always used to light the paths. Exciting celebrations are orchestrated for every accomplishment. And lastly, people are the catalysts that make all of it happen. As the journey progresses, people are transformed from mere mindless robot employees into Make It Happen people with passion and zeal for the services and products they create. The Make It Happen Journey is an adventure where only leaders with courage and a strong desire to make a difference should enter, because once you do, there is no way out and no turning back!

Helen Keller stated, “Life is an adventure, or nothing at all.”1 If Helen Keller, in her deafness and blindness, could approach all of the challenges and adversities in her life with such a positive attitude and turn life into an adventure, then a leader in corporate America, with enough vision and capability to evaluate and assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of their business environment, most definitely ought to be able to turn work life into an adventure for themselves and their team. If not, perhaps the leader does not fully appreciate the value that his or her company brings to life. A leader who is blind in this fashion unfortunately does not fully understand the difference he or she can make in the lives of customers and, more importantly, the lives of team members. As a result, work for them and for their people sadly becomes nothing more than just a job and a paycheck.

Leaders who fully appreciate the services and products their companies create know their work is so much more than just a job with a paycheck. Leaders who believe in their company and themselves take their work and their leadership responsibility so seriously that they consistently bring commitment, enthusiasm, and passion to work. With such leadership qualities, they have the ability and potential to create an exciting adventure for their teams by maximizing strengths, minimizing weaknesses, exploiting opportunities, and diminishing threats within their internal as well as external business environments. And when leaders combine commitment, enthusiasm, and passion with a set of universal Make It Happen Team Values, they can create a Make It Happen adventure in their company that could last a lifetime.

So, read on, and learn how you, too, can create a Make It Happen adventure for your team with a culture of empowerment that unleashes each person’s extraordinary God-given potential to make a difference in life. With a spirit of wisdom and excellence, you can play a pivotal role in revolutionizing the way business is done both in your company and the next generation of business leaders, through the Make It Happen Team Values shared in this book.

Chapter 2: The Make It Happen Adventure Begins

The Make It Happen Journey begins with a person who possesses an aptitude for leadership, growth, and development, who travels their life journey with character, and who serves others with passion and commitment. A person who decides to embark upon the Make It Happen Journey and the adventures beyond must transform himself or herself from being just an employee, manager, or executive by choosing to embrace their leadership responsibilities with a positive Make It Happen attitude and possessing a leadership vision inspired by Make It Happen Team Values.

Generally speaking, anyone in an organization can choose to lead their team on the Make It Happen Journey as a Chief Make It Happen Leader as long as they are respected as a leader with a positive attitude and possess a strong desire to make a positive difference in the lives of people. Additionally, a Chief Make It Happen Leader—also known as a CMIHL—must wholeheartedly believe in, foster, support, and live Make It Happen Team Values each and every day as the leader of their respective team.

William Ouchi, in his book, Theory Z, states, “That small spark of desire to change typically comes from a key person who cares sufficiently about the organization to invest the time, energy, and risk in taking leadership. A manager who chooses to lead his or her department, division, or company in a new direction can produce sufficient trust and sufficient incentive for change to sustain the process for some period, perhaps a year. If during this period, some signs of progress can be discerned by the followers, then the process of change will become self sustaining.”1 Leading a team as a Chief Make It Happen Leader is all about a personal desire to move an organization in a new positive direction. To do so, a Chief Make It Happen Leader must have the personal commitment and fortitude to persevere long enough for the people on the team to begin truly believing in Make It Happen Team Values such that the journey, with all its adventure, becomes self-perpetuating. This takes a significant investment in time, energy, and leadership because belief in Make It Happen Team Values can only grow at the pace of one person, one encounter at a time.

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Kings Come Forth Chapter 1

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The Great Distinction of Kings

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Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. —1 Chronicles 29:11–12, NLT

Kings That Trouble or Oppress

The very first king that we see in the Bible is the Pharaoh of Egypt during the time of Abram. Furthermore, the first time that the people of God encounter an official king with authority over them, it is once again, the Pharaoh of Egypt.  Unfortunately, the title, Pharaoh of Egypt, means “king that troubles or oppresses.”1 For four hundred years the Israelites lived in Egyptian bondage to the Pharaoh and were subject to the curse of his ruthless oppression of their gifts and talents for his own purposes.

To state the obvious, the slavery of God’s people to build a kingdom of oppression under the authority of an oppressive ruler was never God’s original intent or purpose for His people. To the contrary, God’s desire and original intent for His people has been and always will be to rule and reign with Him on earth and in heaven, now, and forever more. In Genesis 1:28, the Word of God states, “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” From this passage it is clear that from the beginning God never intended for His people to be in bondage to an oppressive ruler of any kind but rather to rule and reign on the earth in His blessing.

Kings That Prevail with God

In stark contrast to the Pharaoh of Egypt, the very first official king that we see in the Bible with legitimate authority over God’s people is King Saul, the king of Israel anointed by God to lead His people in a land of freedom and blessing. It is important to note that the title, King of Israel, means “king that prevails with God.”2

The distinction between a king that troubles or oppresses and a king that prevails with God is an important distinction because modern-day kings in the marketplace—business leaders—whether they know it or not, are leading with a prevalent tendency toward one or the other of these two distinctly different leadership expressions. The business leader who leads as a king that troubles or oppresses leads with a spirit of taskmaster and possesses defining taskmaster leadership character traits. And likewise, the business leader who leads as a king that prevails with God leads with a spirit of servant leadership and possesses defining servant leadership character traits. In the pages ahead I will illustrate the pertinent differences in taskmaster leadership and servant leadership by specifically identifying the character traits of each leadership expression as well as providing a biblical illustration of each type of leader from the Word of God.

The business leader who leads as a king that troubles or oppresses is a proud arrogant leader with a selfish heart and possesses the following taskmaster leadership character traits to a certain degree:

Taskmaster Leadership Character Traits

• Internal motivation driven by power

• Ego-centric perspective focused on self

• Decisions grounded in fear and insecurity

• Tasks people without the proper tools and resources

• Takes from people more than gives to them

• Recognizes self accomplishments at the expense of others

• Tears people down physically, spiritually, and emotionally

The biblical account in Exodus 1:8–14 provides an excellent picture of a classic taskmaster leader that troubles or oppresses:

Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we [internal motivation driven by power]; come, let us deal shrewdly with them [egocentric perspective focused on self], lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us [decisions grounded in fear and insecurity], and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens [tasks people without the proper tools and resources]. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses [recognizes self accomplishments at the expense of others]. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field [takes from people more than gives]. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor [tears people down physically, spiritually, and emotionally].

On the other hand, the business leader who leads as a king that prevails with God is a humble, confident leader with an unselfish heart and possesses the following servant leadership character traits to a certain degree:

Servant Leadership Character Traits

• Internal motivation driven by influence

• People-centric perspective focused on others

• Decisions grounded in faith and security

• Equips people with the proper tools and resources

• Gives to people more than takes from them

• Recognizes the accomplishments of others at the expense of self

• Builds people up physically, spiritually, and emotionally

The biblical account in the Book of Nehemiah provides an excellent picture of a classic servant leader that prevails with God.

It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I [Nehemiah] was in Shushan the citadel that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven [people-centric perspective focused on others]. —Nehemiah 1:1–4

Then the king said to me [Nehemiah], “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.” Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me [internal motivation driven by influence]. —Nehemiah 2:4–8

Then Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall.” And our adversaries said, “They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease.” So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, “From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us.  Therefore I [Nehemiah] positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows [equips people with the proper tools and resources]. And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses [decisions grounded in faith and security].” —Nehemiah 4:10–14

Moreover, from the time that I [Nehemiah] was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the governor’s provisions. But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God. Indeed, I also continued the work on this wall, and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work. And at my table were one hundred and fifty Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from the nations around us. Now that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this I did not demand the governor’s provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people. Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people [gives to people more than takes from them]. —Nehemiah 5:14–19

Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed, that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many [recognizes the accomplishments of others at the expense of self]. —Nehemiah 7:1

Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps [builds people up physically, spiritually, and emotionally]. —Nehemiah 12:27

From these two very different biblical accounts of leadership, the spirit of taskmaster and the spirit of servant leadership are clearly identified and exposed for our learning, benefit, and practical application as business leaders in the current day marketplace. And if the examples of Pharaoh and Nehemiah don’t make it clear enough that servant leadership is the superior leadership practice, the Lord Himself clarifies it for us. In Matthew 23:11–12, He states: But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

The humble servant leader is the leader that God can use mightily in His kingdom business.

A King’s Legitimate Calling by God

For God to mightily use a business leader as a vessel of honor in His kingdom, a business leader must be legitimately called by God to lead as a king in the kingdom. Since the Word of God says in Acts 10:34 (WEY), “God makes no distinctions between one man and another,” we can believe that He also doesn’t make any distinctions between one business leader and another that He legitimately calls and appoints to lead in His kingdom. However, this should not be confused with the different gifts and talents that God does indeed give to different leaders in their respective leadership roles in the kingdom. The point I am clarifying is that God is no respecter of persons when it comes to His calling, but He does in fact give different gifts and talents to people for His use in the kingdom. From the biblical account found in 1 Samuel 9:15–19 regarding the calling of King Saul, the very first commander-in-chief of God’s people, we can learn seven significant spiritual principles that apply to every business leader’s calling in God:

Now the Lord had told Samuel [the prophet of God] in his ear the day before Saul came, saying, “Tomorrow about this time I will send you a man [sent by God] from the land of Benjamin [belongs to the family of God], and you shall anoint him commander over My people Israel [anointed by God to lead], that he may save My people from the hand of the Philistines [assigned purpose from God]; for I have looked upon My people, because their cry has come to Me.” So when Samuel saw Saul, the Lord said to him, “There he is, the man of whom I spoke to you. This one shall reign over My people.” Then Saul drew near to Samuel in the gate, [seeks godly relationships] and said, “Please tell me, where is the seer’s house?” Samuel answered Saul and said, “I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and tomorrow I will let you go [destiny is released through godly relationships] and will tell you all that is in your heart [open to the Word of God].”

Seven Spiritual Principles Relevant for Every Godly Business Leader

1. A godly business leader is sent by God.

2. A godly business leader belongs to the family of God.

3. A godly business leader is anointed by God to lead.

4. A godly business leader has an assigned purpose from God.

5. A godly business leader seeks godly relationships.

6. A godly business leader has a destiny released through godly relationships.

7. A godly business leader has a heart open to the Word of God.

A godly business leader is sent by God.

So let’s look at the first spiritual principle relevant to current day godly business leaders. What does it mean to be sent by God as a business leader in the marketplace? I believe it is by no accident that business leaders find themselves leading in business. That’s simply because God is our Creator and He knows every hair on our head—He does nothing in our lives by accident. In Matthew 10:29–31, the Word of God states:

Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Therefore, if God cares so much about even the sparrows such that none of them fall to the ground outside of His will, how much more should we believe that He cares about us and His will for our lives? As the omniscient (all knowing) heavenly Father, God knows everything about our lives, including the vocation that He specifically made for each one of us. So, if you enjoy leading in business, exercising your gifts and talents in the marketplace to make a difference in the lives of others, you can rest assured that God has purposefully sent you to the marketplace as a business leader—it’s not by accident!

A godly business leader belongs to the family of God.

Secondly, godly business leaders belong to the family of God. Now if you’re not 100 percent certain at this moment whether or not you are legitimately part of God’s family, then we can easily take care of that with a simple prayer of faith. However, before I share the prayer of faith with you, I think it is important that you understand our godly heritage of faith. In Genesis 17:1–7, the Word of God says:

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.” Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.”

At this point, you might be asking what does the story of Abraham have to do with my being part of the family of God. Well, it has everything to do with it because in order to become part of the family of God, you must have the same kind of faith in God that Abraham had as the father of our faith. In fact, Galatians 3:6–7 (KJV) says:

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Based on these verses, faith is clearly established as a key characteristic of the family of God. And to be even more direct, it is only by faith—believing God like Abraham—that you and I can be born into the family of God.

However, it is also very important for us to understand that faith in God alone does not make us legitimate children of the living God. In fact, the Word of God states in James 2:20 that “even the demons believe [in God]—and tremble!” This statement makes it clear that just believing in God doesn’t make us legitimate members of His family. Well then, what does? Have you ever heard the saying that “blood is thicker than water,” meaning that blood relatives carry a deeper relationship? Well, it’s actually the same way in the family of God.

You see, while God is our heavenly Father who created each one of us, your sin and my sin causes us to fall short of His glory as well as separates us from Him. And it really doesn’t matter who we are or how good we think we are. Sin is sin and it separates me and you from God. The Word of God states in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And furthermore, the Word of God soberly states in Romans 6:23 that “the wages of sin is death.” As you can imagine, this is not good! Because God is a righteous judge, His justice demands payment for our sin. Unfortunately, there is no way around the death penalty for the consequences of our sin. This means that your sin debt and mine will eternally separate us from God unless the debt is paid. This is where the good news begins!

Because God is also an unconditionally loving Father, He did something extraordinary for you and me so that we wouldn’t have to pay the death penalty for our sin. The Word of God states in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” In a totally outrageous act of love, God chose to pay the wages of our sin with the blood of His own dearly beloved Son, Jesus Christ. In Romans 5:8–9, the Word of God clearly states that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Now do you see what I mean when I say that “blood is thicker than water” in the family of God? It is the shed blood of Jesus that totally sets us free from sin and death and makes the difference in our eternal relationship with God.

With all of that said, if you want to be born into the family of God with right standing as a legitimate, blood-bought, child of the living God, all you have to do is believe and pray a simple prayer of faith in brokenness and repentance to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible states in Romans 10:9–10 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Therefore, it is vitally important that you read and pray out loud the following simple prayer to Jesus if you desire to be saved by His grace through faith.

A Simple Prayer of Faith

Dear Lord Jesus,

I confess to You that I am a sinner in need of Your forgiveness. I thank You for dying on the cross for me and shedding Your blood as payment for the penalty of my sin. In faith, I repent and turn from my sin, believing that You died and rose from the dead so that I will not perish, but have everlasting life with You as my Lord and Savior. With thanksgiving in my heart, I receive the free gift of new life in You forevermore. All praise, glory, and honor be to You, forever and ever! In Jesus name I pray. Amen and amen!

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My friend, if you have just prayed this simple prayer of faith, then you are now born into the family of God as a new creation in Christ. In fact, 2 Corinthians 5:17 18 states the good news, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Therefore, let me be the first to welcome you into the family of God and your new life in Christ. I encourage you to find a good Bible-believing church in your community where you can find other believers in Christ and begin learning how to do kingdom life with them as a disciple of the Lord. As you will soon discover, kingdom life is a journey never meant for us to do alone.

And let me tell you some even more good news! As a child of God through faith in Jesus, you have been born into royalty as a joint heir with Christ to the kingdom of God. Is it too hard to believe? Well then let the Word of God settle it for you. In Romans 8:16–17, the Word of God says that “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Wow! There you have it, the truth of God affirming that we are heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus. This means that you and I are royalty in the kingdom of God fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 17:6 that kings would in fact come from him. Praise be to God!

A godly business leader is anointed by God to lead.

Webster’s Dictionary defines anointed as: “consecrated [set apart or dedicated for a sacred use.]”3 Therefore, to be a leader anointed by God is to be set apart by God for His noble use as a leader in His kingdom and believe it or not, His kingdom reaches into every sphere of influence, including the marketplace.

Ed Silvoso writes in his book, Anointed for Business, what it feels like to be anointed for business: “I thoroughly enjoyed dealing, buying, selling, and hiring. The pressure was always on, but each time it approached the boiling point, I reached for what I called the Jesus chair. This was a chair I had purposely placed in my office. When things became unmanageable, I would close the door, kneel by the chair and ask for divine guidance. Repeatedly God provided it. Sometimes He did it in a quiet way. At other times He gave me specific directions. More than once He performed business miracles in answer to those prayers. It was so reassuring to know that Jesus was there and that He anointed me for the job I had.”4

As a business leader in the marketplace, God wants you to be reassured that He is there with you and that He has anointed you for the job you have. In fact, one of the names of God is Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Is There, which means that wherever you go, the Lord is already there available to assist you whenever you call upon Him.5 As you and I both know, the marketplace can be a treacherous place for the man or woman of God seeking to do His will; however, we have no reason to fear because the Lord promises to be there with us in every situation. In 2 Chronicles 16:9, the Word of God says that “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” This promise from God is good news for anyone in the marketplace whose heart is loyal to God because no matter what situation you may encounter, God has promised to have your back. Furthermore, God sweetens His promise by stating in Romans 8:31, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Simply put, God is for us, my friend, and He has specifically anointed us to be His kingdom ambassadors in the marketplace.

A godly business leader has an assigned purpose from God.

As God’s kingdom ambassadors to the marketplace, you and I each have a unique and specifically assigned purpose from God that will help build His kingdom on earth. Jesse Duplantis states in his book, The Everyday Visionary, that the kingdom of God is a method of doing things God’s way.6 Therefore, regardless of what God has called each of us to distinctly do for Him on earth in building His kingdom and fulfilling the plans that He has for us in the marketplace, we must all learn to do things His way. And when we do, He gives us a future and a hope as stated in Jeremiah 29:11–12 (NLT), “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”

It doesn’t matter the profession—plumber, accountant, hair stylist, contractor doctor, nurse, bus driver, or any other profession— we are all created by God with value and purpose in the kingdom of God. Ephesians 2:10 states, “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” It doesn’t get any plainer than that. We are God’s workmanship created for good works. But it’s up to you and me whether or not we will choose to walk in them and fulfill our assigned purpose.

Now if you’re thinking that you really don’t know your assigned purpose from God, let me share with you a wisdom principle that I learned from Dr. Mike Murdock about discovering your God ordained purpose. Dr. Murdock teaches that the problem which infuriates you the most can actually be the problem that God intends for you to help solve.7 As you ponder this wisdom principle, be attentive in your spirit to those things that tend to upset you the most because they could just be a clue to the specific assignment that God wants you to help solve as His kingdom ambassador on the earth.

An example of this from the Bible can be seen in the call of God on Moses to be a deliverer of the Israelites from the oppression of Pharaoh. The actual biblical account of this example is recorded in Exodus 2:11–15. When Moses witnessed an Egyptian taskmaster beating one of his fellow Israelites, he became enraged by the injustice. Unfortunately, though, Moses took matters into his own hands and actually killed the Egyptian taskmaster, which was not the way God intended for Moses to deliver His people. As a result, Moses had to flee into the desert for forty years until God developed the character necessary for Moses to return to Egypt in the power of God’s might and deliver the Israelites from the hand of Pharaoh in the manner that God intended. Moses’ call never changed from that day he became enraged and killed an Egyptian taskmaster; however, the character of Moses most definitely did change as God prepared him in the desert to fulfill his God ordained purpose on earth to be a deliverer of the Israelite people.

A godly business leader seeks godly relationships.

I’ve heard it said that in life, there are very few successful lone rangers—why even the Lone Ranger had Tonto. You see, the point is that to do life successfully, everyone needs someone who will stand by their side and be a real friend to them in the good times and even the bad times. This truth is found in Proverbs 17:17 which states that “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”

As a godly leader in the marketplace, I know all too well how lonely it can sometimes be to stand in the gap for righteousness, loving your enemies, blessing those that curse you, and giving until it hurts. Without other godly people to do life with me, speak life over me, believe in me the way that God believes in me, and love me enough to tell me the truth even when it hurts, I seriously shudder to think about what kind of leader and person I could easily become. I thank God every day for the wonderful spiritual family that He has supernaturally chosen for me and my family.

From my own personal experiences, I intimately know the pain and misery created for myself and others resulting from poor personal choices made in an environment of separation, isolation, and loneliness away from the family of God. Having been at the bottom of the pit of life with nothing but myself and the results of my poor personal choices, trust me when I say that I don’t ever want to be in that situation again. Because the Lord of my salvation is a strong tower and a very present help in time of need, He delivered me from the hand of the enemy to my soul. Because God has a tremendous destiny for me, I now realize that the devil was working double time to take me out, destroy my family, and steal my destiny in God.

I don’t know if you know it or not, but the devil has a mission statement in the Word of God directed at you and me. In John 10:10 the Word states that “the thief [satan] does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” This means that the devil hates God so much that his greatest desire is to steal, kill, and destroy that which God loves the most—and that is you and me! The most effective way that satan can steal, kill, and destroy people is by separating them from the family of God, isolating them into a life of loneliness, and then going in for the kill. When we are isolated and separated from the body of Christ, we become easy prey for satan to kill our entire destiny: physically, mentally, socially financially, and—the most deadly killing of all—spiritually. But thank God that the Lord Jesus Christ also has a mission statement found in the Word of God. In the same verse of John 10:10, the Word says, “I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Praise God for His ultimate promise of life and life more abundantly for all believers in Him!

Another reason why it is so important for believers in the marketplace to seek godly relationships with other believers is because God created us to not only need Him, but to also need each other. Even the cross illustrates this principle with a vertical beam reaching up to heaven signifying our dependence on God and a horizontal beam reaching out side-to-side signifying our dependence on one another.

The wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, states in Proverbs 24:5–6, “A wise man is strong, Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” Without doubt, godly business leaders find strength, knowledge, wise counsel, and safety when we seek relationships with other godly business leaders and commit to do life with them as a real friend in God. Trust me, the Lord cares deeply about our relationships in the family of God; so much so that I believe He personally chooses our spiritual family in the kingdom of God.

In fact, by a divine miracle appointment in my own life, the Lord supernaturally directed my steps to my spiritual family at Church of the King in Mandeville, Louisiana. It’s a long story, but my wife and I were actually attending two different churches for a time. She was attending a new church in our community led by an anointed senior pastor named Steve Robinson whom she had heard on a local Christian radio station. I was attending a new satellite church in our community of the home church where I was saved many years prior. While attending church each week, my wife developed a relationship with one of Pastor Steve’s long-time faithful friends—an authentic woman of God who began to very effectively disciple her. Through the process, they were praying that I would accept an invitation from Pastor Steve to personally meet with him; however, I was not free in my conscience to accept his open offer and declined it many times. So my wife just kept telling me that Pastor Steve was praying for me and that he would be glad to meet with me anytime. With Pastor Steve’s open invitation, my wife continued to believe that God would somehow find a way for me and Pastor Steve to meet with one another.

Well, months had gone by and we were still attending different churches when Christmas came around. So my wife asked me if I would please go to church with her and the family on Christmas Eve to celebrate Christmas together as a family. Of course I agreed. It was at that one and only service where I saw Pastor Steve for the first time and learned a little bit about him including what he looked like. If not for that service, I wouldn’t have known Pastor Steve if he was standing next to me because I had never seen him before in my life. After that service, my wife and I resumed our attendance at our two separate churches—the one she called home and the one I had called home for many years. But little did I know that God had a new home in mind for me.

One weekend a couple of months after that Christmas Eve service, my wife’s friend invited her to attend a women’s weekend retreat with her and Pastor Steve’s wife. As a result, I was left with my five kids for the weekend for the very first time. Not knowing what I should do with them on that Saturday morning, I decided that I would take them to the park and let them play while I reflected upon the condition of my life. I was feeling alone, confused, and desperate for the right changes in my life, but couldn’t seem to find a way out of the pit that surrounded me.

But then, as I was standing in the park, I looked over to my right and saw Pastor Steve playing with his kids not more than ten feet away from me. At first I was shocked to see him standing there, but then the Lord spoke to me in a small, soft, but firm voice, and said, “You better go talk to him. I put him here just for you to meet him.” With a reverence for the Lord, I stepped out of my comfort zone and went over to introduce myself. “Excuse me, are you Pastor Steve? You don’t really know me, but my name is Gary Borgstede. My wife is actually on the weekend retreat with your wife and has in fact driven over there with her in the same car. So I thought I should come over and introduce myself.”

After thinking for a moment, in total surprise, Pastor Steve responded, “Wait a minute, you’re the ‘Ochsner’ guy! I’ve been praying for you. What are you doing here? Have you had lunch yet? Would you like to join me and the kids to get something to eat?” With a little uneasiness, I accepted his invitation immediately knowing that he must be a mighty man of God if he was brave enough to go to lunch with me and a combined total of eight kids between his three and my five. What a sight we must have been, having lunch together with eight kids in a country club restaurant. Anyhow, while driving in separate cars to the country club, Pastor Steve excitedly called his wife to let her know about the miracle encounter in the park as well as our lunch appointment together. As you can imagine, my wife and her friends were utterly amazed at the awesomeness of God when Pastor Steve’s wife told them what God was doing with him and me.

I often thank God for personally inviting me into a relationship with Pastor Steve as my senior pastor whom I greatly respect and dearly love as a mighty man of God. Additionally, I am grateful to God for personally choosing my new church home and at the same time restoring me as the spiritual head of my family as a long-term result of this miracle encounter with Pastor Steve in the park. I am so amazed at the faithfulness of God to complete the good work that He begins in us and to work all things together for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

By my own personal testimony, I know that God cares as much about your spiritual family as He cares about mine. I know that He will go to great lengths to direct your steps to the right spiritual family in the family of God; therefore, be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit and expect Him to setup special divine appointments that will fulfill the good plan of God for you and your family.

A godly business leader has a destiny released through godly relationships.

In Proverbs 13:20, the Word of God states, “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed”; therefore, we can conclude from the wisdom of God that if a godly business leader wants to see his God-given destiny and legacy completely fulfilled in God, it is vitally important that he or she seek and find a small group of wise, godly counselors to faithfully do life with them on a consistent daily, weekly, and annual basis. To do otherwise could indeed have tragic consequences to a business leader’s destiny and legacy as can be learned from the history of the life of King Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon.

Unfortunately, in the history of Israel, because of poor personal choices and weak leadership character, not all of the kings of Israel fulfilled their destiny and legacy to be kings that prevailed with God. One such king of Israel who failed to fulfill his God-ordained destiny to reign over the entire nation of Israel is King Rehoboam. Instead of being remembered in history as the king of Israel who successfully succeeded his father, King Solomon, in building the nation of Israel, King Rehoboam is instead remembered in the pages of history as the king that split the nation of Israel because he rejected the wisdom of his father’s elder council.

In the Bible, 2 Chronicles 10:1–19 records the tragic consequences of King Rehoboam’s rejection of wise godly counsel and the resulting historic split of the nation of Israel into two kingdoms.

And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king. So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), that Jeroboam returned from Egypt. Then they sent for him and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” So he said to them, “Come back to me after three days.” And the people departed. Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, saying, “How do you advise me to answer these people?” And they spoke to him, saying, “If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.” But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. And he said to them, “What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, “Come back to me the third day.” Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders, and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that the Lord might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!” So all Israel departed to their tents. But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah. Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was in charge of revenue; but the children of Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day [with the kingdom split in two].

Because the Word of God emphasizes the fact that King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders by recording it twice in the same story of Scripture, it is imperative that godly business leaders in the marketplace take special heed to learn from his insolent leadership mistake. If King Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, can make such a big mistake, why should we be so bold as to think that we could be immune from making the same kind of tragic mistake? The only way to potentially inoculate ourselves from making this kind of mistake is to diligently seek, invite, and welcome godly advice and counsel into our lives. Great leaders are extremely effective because they listen well to the advice and guidance of wise godly counsel.

According to Bible wisdom, a real friend is someone whom is willing to risk your approval and tell you truth that will help you learn, grow, and develop into the person that God has created you to be. Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) states, “As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.” This means that as real friends do life together, they will sharpen one another with truth spoken in love. And as we all know, sometimes the truth about ourselves can hurt; however, if we stay open to receiving truth into our lives and remain teachable in spirit, our character will flourish and grow through the process. Much like a plant pruned in the spring time of its dead, life-sucking branches so that it can flourish with new life-producing buds, we too must have people willing to help prune the dead things in our lives so that we can grow and flourish in God. Hebrews 12:11 speaks of the pruning process of God through chastening by stating, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Therefore, as we embrace the pruning shears of life through the chastening truth of God’s Word, we can trust God that our lives will begin to flourish in even new and greater ways. Praise God for the flourishing life found in Him and the truth of His Word!

A godly business leader has a heart open to the Word of God.

Because marketplace leaders are geared for action, it is important that they be fully grounded in the Word of God to ensure that they become effective leaders “in” the world and not effective leaders “of ” the world. Although subtle, there is a huge difference that godly business leaders must possess as kingdom ambassadors of the Most High God in the marketplace. I believe that the major distinction of being an effective leader in the world versus an effective leader of the world is where our faith and strength come from.

Godly business leaders effective “in” the world receive their strength from having faith in God to help them get the job done; whereas, business leaders “of ” the world receive their strength  from having faith in themselves only to get the job done, which by the way is a faulty strength—it can easily fail when tested under stress and pressure.  On the other hand, authentic strength received from the Spirit of God living on the inside of a godly believer becomes even stronger when tested under stress and pressure. My senior pastor likes to illustrate this point in his teachings with the two following questions and answers. “What do you get when you squeeze oranges? Orange juice, right? Well then, what do you get when you squeeze Christians? Christ-likeness!” This simply means that when believers are tested through the trials and tribulations of this world, they don’t get bitter; they just get better, as the character of Christ is developed in them through each test and trial of life.

The apostle John specifically elaborates on the distinction of being “in” the world versus “of ” the world in 1 John 4:4–6, stating:

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

According to the apostle John, we have strength to overcome the world even though we are in it because the Spirit of the living God in us is greater than the spirit of antichrist living in the world. I know this may be heavy; however, a godly business leader must know the difference and demonstrate it by the power of the Holy Spirit living and working in him as he effectively leads and walks by faith in the marketplace.

I’ve heard it said, “faith is Forward Action Inspired Through Him.” This statement helps define the kind of action-oriented faith that godly business leaders must possess to be an effective leader “in” the marketplace rather than an effective leader “of ” the marketplace. And the Bible says that this kind of faith actually comes by hearing the Word of God. By the way, do you know how doubt, the opposite of faith, comes? It also comes by hearing, but instead of hearing by the faith-inspiring words from the Word of God, doubt comes by hearing the faithless words from the negative dimensions of worldly culture around us. Romans 10:17 (KJV) is clear, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”; therefore, godly business leaders must become rooted in the Word of God to be faith-filled effective leaders “in” the world, but not “of ” the world.

If perhaps you’re challenged by this responsibility as a godly business leader, then let the example of Joshua be an encouragement to you. The Bible says in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.” This verse offers us a wonderful promise from God—if you and I make the Word of God a priority in our life and do what it says to do, we can expect God to help us to make our way prosperous and have good success, despite the trials and tribulations of life that we may face along the way. Amen!

The Dead Sea Revelation

Because the Lord Himself emphasized and demonstrated the significant distinction between leaders of the world and leaders in the kingdom, it wouldn’t be fitting for me to end this chapter without closing on the importance of dying to self in becoming a genuine servant leader in the kingdom of God. Mark 10:42–45 tells us:

Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

So then the question becomes, how do we practically become a servant to others in the realm of the marketplace? And the answer is the same way Jesus did—by dying to self. Let me explain further with the revelation of the Dead Sea that I received one Christmas season when God revealed to me something very special about the Dead Sea.

During this particular Christmas season, I was teaching about the Dead Sea to the men in my small group. I shared with them that the Dead Sea is dead because it receives a river inflow, but has no river outflow, which causes it to stagnate and die. Therefore, I was explaining how important it is for us to be people that not only receive from others, but also give out to others. In so doing, we would be like a growing flourishing river of life and blessing rather than a dead and stagnant sea.

Because this fact of the Dead Sea had always been a powerful illustration to me of the spiritual principles of giving and receiving, I was bewildered when that very same week in which I was teaching about the Dead Sea to my small group, I heard Grant Jeffries on TBN state that the Dead Sea is actually the richest place on earth. Evidently, because of the actual dying process of the Dead Sea, rich deposits of minerals have been continually deposited layer upon layer on the bottom of the Dead Sea over thousands of years.

When I heard this and began to meditate upon it, I started to wonder why God would put the richest place on earth in a place called “dead.” I couldn’t understand why God would do this, so I asked Him about it in my prayer time; however, as each day passed, He wasn’t answering my question. After about a week, I stopped seeking God for the answer. Then a strange thing happened to me later that week as I was shopping for Christmas presents in the local mall.

As I was walking down the mall, a young lady called out to me and asked if I had ever heard of the Dead Sea. A little startled and curious, I stopped to answer her question. At my affirmative response, she told me the story of how she was from Israel and that she was in the mall selling lotions specially made from the rich minerals of the Dead Sea. When she found out that I was married, she grabbed my hands to demonstrate the value of her product by rubbing the lotion on my hands and persuading me that it was the perfect gift for my wife. In fact, once she knew she had me sold, she inquired if my mother was alive and began to persuade me that a double purchase for my wife and my mom would be even more special.

I asked how much the mineral lotion was. Seeing I was concerned about price, the young sales lady told me that if I purchased two of the bottles, she would give me a third bottle free. So again, I asked her the price of the lotion. And as you might have guessed, those two little bottles of mineral lotions from the Dead Sea, the richest place on earth, were quite expensive. And the whole time I was being engaged with this little Jewish sales woman, I was internally asking the Lord what was this all about and why was this happening. I was wondering if I should buy the two bottles and get the third one free, but I didn’t want to spend that much money. Plus I was thinking about the giving and receiving spiritual principle of the Dead Sea and wondering if God was trying to test me or teach me something about it.

Seeing that I was tormented in my decision, the little Jewish sales lady backed off and said, “How about you buy one and I give you the other one half price.” That did it for me. I could buy one for my wife as a gift and then give her the other one so that she could give it to anyone else she wanted as a gift. This way the spiritual principle of giving and receiving that I have taught and illustrated by the reality of the Dead Sea would not be violated in my conscience, despite the fact that I was buying gifts that were made from the stagnant Dead Sea. Anyhow, when it was all said and done, I received an internal peace about the gifts I had bought straight from the Dead Sea.

Then later that day, as I was running on the treadmill at the gym, the Lord spoke to me in a small soft internal voice and said, “Do you still want to know why I put the richest place on earth in a place called dead?” Surprised at His question, I answered, “Yes, Lord, I really would like to know why You put the richest place on earth in a place called dead.” Then He showed me a picture in my mind of Lazarus stepping out of a dead tomb when Jesus called him forth. With that as a backdrop, He then told me that the reason He put the richest place on earth in a place called dead is because what man calls dead, He calls alive! And that man is likened unto the Dead Sea, in that when man dies to himself, the riches that He, the Lord, buries inside us through the process, can come alive to bless others in very rich ways. This is why the richest place on earth is in a place called dead.

And with that answer, I was awestruck by what the Lord had just shared with me. After completing my run at the gym, I went immediately home to record the revelation in my personal faith journal so that I would not easily forget its meaning and impact to me. How awesome and great is the majesty of our living God that He would share such rich revelation with ordinary people like you and me!

In fact, this revelation from God that He personally shared with me about the Dead Sea became part of the inspiration for the title of this book, Kings Come Forth! It is my sincere desire that as you read the rest of this book, God will use it as an instrument to inspire you and other godly business leaders to accept His open invitation to come alive from dead spiritual places in your life and begin building the Lord’s kingdom in the marketplace for His glory and His honor. Then, as you continually die to your flesh and become a genuine servant leader in the kingdom of God, I pray that the Lord will richly bless you and use you to do His kingdom bidding in the business community as His faithful kingdom ambassador for Christ.

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May God bless all who read this book with a spirit of wisdom and excellence to “Make It Happen,” serving people and solving problems that make a difference in life.

A Make It Happen Dedication

This book is dedicated to all of the wonderful people at Ochsner Health System, especially the Make It Happen people in the business services division. As the Vice President of the Finance– Business Services division, it was my privilege and honor to serve the extraordinary people in business services as their Chief Make It Happen Leader. The Make It Happen people in business services “made it happen” every day for our physicians, our patients, and our colleagues, with outstanding excellence of service. Without their support, commitment, and belief in the Make It Happen team values this book describes, this book would be nothing more than a compilation of words printed on paper. However, because the Make It Happen people at Ochsner Health System believed in Make It Happen team values, the words written in this book actually draw the face of real-life people on a real-life Make It Happen journey.

As only one person, I could not have accomplished all of the really neat things that the Make It Happen people in business services accomplished as a team. Plus, I would never have had the opportunity to learn, grow, and develop into the leader I am today, as well as the leader I am becoming tomorrow, if my team had not believed in me enough to follow me. For their belief in me, I thank each and every one of them. And, because the  people in business services Make It Happen every day as world class service enthusiasts, I dedicate this book to them. They are the greatest people I have ever had the opportunity to share my life, my love, and my laughter with. I am simply a better person and a more competent leader because of them.

Preface

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (nkjv). In the make-it-happen language of the marketplace, this means, “I can make it happen through Christ who gives me strength.” The Make It Happen Team Values in The Make It Happen Journey can help business leaders in the kingdom of God build their businesses and their teams on the “can do” principles of the Word of God with excellence and wisdom. Because Joshua and Caleb possessed the “can do” Spirit of God, in faith they gave  a good report of the Promised Land and  declared in Numbers 13:30, “Let’s go up and take the land—now. We can do it” (The Message).

God has given the body of Christ the land of the business community, but business leaders in the kingdom of God must believe we can take the land and make it happen in Christ. The Make It Happen Journey is written as a leadership tool to equip godly  business leaders with practical faith-based values that create team cultures of excellence by reaching people in business, unleash their God-given potential to make a difference in life, and glorify God. While The Make It Happen Journey is written for the secular marketplace, Kings Come Forth, my next book, will engage and empower faith-based business leaders through deeper scriptural clarity and referential support for the cultural mandate of the kingdom of God in the business community.

The Make It Happen Team Values ©

• Make It Happen People Possess a Positive Make  It Happen Attitude.

• Make It Happen People Are Led by Servant Leaders.

• Make It Happen People Are Service Enthusiasts.

• Make It Happen People Take Calculated Risks in the Pursuit of Excellence.

• Make It Happen People Work Extremely Hard and Have Lots of Fun.

• Make It Happen People Invest and Participate in Training and Development.

• Make It Happen People Celebrate Individual and Team Accomplishments with the Abundance Mentality.

• Make It Happen People Foster a Safe Environment of Teamwork and Mutual Respect.

• Make It Happen People Are Professionals.

The Make It Happen Team Values are copyright protected by the Make It Happen Learning Institute. You have permission to print and use the Make It Happen Team Values with your team, provided each value is printed in its entirety. All other rights reserved.

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May the Lord empower all who read this book by the anointing of His Holy Spirit to be an overcoming servant leader who prevails with God in the business marketplace.

And He [God] changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.    —Daniel 2:21

 A Make It Happen Dedication

This Make It Happen Book™ is dedicated to all of the godly leaders in business who every day fight the good fight of faith in the marketplace to honor God with their gifts and talents and bring Him glory by the way they represent Jesus Christ to the business community. As a business leader for many years, I have personally experienced the challenges and struggles that godly men and women face each day to practically live their faith and build the kingdom of God in the business world. I know firsthand that the marketplace environment can be a difficult and challenging place for people of faith to travel their faith journey; however, I also know that the marketplace is where the Lord is raising up kings in these last days to build His kingdom, glorify His holy name, and take the good news of the kingdom to the whole world. And the really cool thing about this chaordic frontier (the spiritual battleground where chaos meets order and good meets evil) is that kingdom ambassadors get to play an awesome part in this marketplace revival as the Lord changes the hearts of modern-day kings and revolutionizes the business world for His glory. All praise, glory, and honor to the King of kings and Lord of lords, forever and ever! Amen and amen!

Foreword

I was first introduced to Gary Borgstede while attending a small group of local community business leaders five years ago. In short order, we became friends, and over the next few years I had the privilege of helping to coach Gary in the ways of the kingdom of God. At the time, Gary was vice president of finance at a very reputable hospital in our region. Over time, Gary began to share with me his fifteen-year journey in the healthcare industry. Because of my own experience and background working in a corporate environment before making the transition into full-time ministry, his story captivated my attention.

In Kings Come Forth, Gary addresses the delicate interfacing of the kingdom-minded business leader with the marketplace environment. He squarely and with scriptural precedent challenges business leaders to use their God-given positions to be change agents in their respective spheres of market influence. In our litigious world of exactness and political correctness, most Christian business leaders, out of fear, have a tendency to skirt the perimeter of their business environments and shy away from integrating real biblical standards and values. This is understandable. However, there is a real need for godly, Christian business people to rise to the occasion of desperate moral, character, and spiritual need in the world of business and facilitate change. As a pastor, I applaud those who are out on the highways and byways of the business world who are bold enough, with godly wisdom and a spiritually deft hand, to take a stand and entreat a spiritual climate change.

To affect this change, Gary explores the scriptural links between kings and priests and addresses the roles that each play and how they are to work together in advancing the kingdom. Gary addresses the frequently tentative nature of church leaders to properly understand and embrace the role the marketplace leader has and, as such, underutilize their God-given talents and marginalize them in their churches. Gary submits a challenge to church leaders to understand that God throughout Scripture placed kings and priests together for divine kingdom partnership. As a church leader who has been in ministry for more than twenty years, I have personally experienced the benefit of partnering with many wonderful, Christ centered business leaders. I have had the opportunity to see the kingdom of God advanced and accelerated due to business leaders who realized their business acumen and talent were not just for their personal enrichment but, rather, for the advancement of the greatest cause on planet earth.

Gary Borgstede embodies the essence and balance of the corporate business leader and one who partners with the vision and mission of his local church with his time, talent, and treasure. Gary does not live in the world of concepts, ideas, and theories of being a king, but each day he lives it out as a servant leader in his natural and spiritual families. Today, Gary serves on our church staff as the chief administrative officer and has the opportunity to serve his local church from within the organization. He is challenging us all to “make it happen!”

— Randy Craighead, Executive Pastor, Church of the King

Introduction

For more than nineteen years, I have served the Lord as a king in His kingdom in the realm of business. As with many leaders of faith written about in the Bible, I have had my share of successes and failures on my personal faith journey. This book, Kings Come Forth!, is not about my successes nor my failures as a man of God in the Lord’s kingdom; however, I am open and transparent regarding many aspects of my personal relationship with the Lord. In The Maxwell Leadership Bible, one of John Maxwell’s leadership lessons includes this statement, “Without hope in the future, we lack power in the present.”1 With that in mind, I believe that the Lord has directed me to write Kings Come Forth! to inspire hope for the future and foster empowerment in the present for the many spirit-filled business leaders in God’s kingdom on earth today.

The Holy Spirit has compelled me to write the message contained within the pages of this book as His message, not mine, from the perspective of a king in His kingdom. Through personal fellowship with the Lord, I believe it is His desire to awaken His anointed kings to their original purpose in the kingdom business through healthy kingdom partnership with His anointed priests. Since my educational background and professional experiences are entirely comprised in business, all supporting references to Scripture and biblical principles in the book are not the result of a formal Bible college education, but rather a real personal relationship with the actual Author of the Holy Scriptures, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. Any personal revelation of the Scriptures is because of the Lord’s faithfulness to fulfill the promise of His Word to personally lead His people into all truth and teach them all things through His Holy Spirit. For me, there is no greater fulfillment than that which comes from the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit through my personal daily relationship with Jesus Christ, my Lord, Savior, and Friend.

In developing the literary style of the book, it is also very important to note that while I discriminately refer to godly business leaders throughout the entire book in the masculine form as kings, my purpose in doing so is nothing more than a matter of literary prose and contextual consistency and not a lack of respect for the many outstanding Spirit-filled female business leaders in the kingdom of God. In fact, I know full well that the business community is filled with many intelligent, competent, and influential business leaders who are outstanding women of faith committed to making a difference in life through their leadership. Therefore, for all of the female readers of Kings Come Forth!, please feel free to mentally substitute the context of the book from a masculine reference point of kings to a feminine reference point of queens since all of the material contained within these pages is completely gender neutral as well as kingdom applicable.

And lastly, as each reader begins to digest the message of Kings Come Forth! I pray that the Holy Spirit will fan into flame a renewed desire to become everything He created you to be as a Spirit-led business leader in His kingdom. To come forth in the power and might of the Holy Spirit and fulfill your God-ordained kingdom assignment as a king in God’s kingdom can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your personal faith journey with the Lord. I look forward to taking this faith journey with you to build God’s kingdom in every sphere of influence, especially the sphere of the modern-day business world.

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This book or parts thereof may not be reproduced in any form, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise—without prior written permission of the publisher, except as provided by United States of America copyright law. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version of the Bible. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc., publishers. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations marked NLT are from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked NIV are from the Holy Bible, New International Version. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, International Bible Society. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations marked KJV are from the King James Version of the Bible.

Scripture quotations marked The Message are from The Message: The Bible in Contemporary English, copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.

Scripture quotations marked WEY are from the Weymouth Bible, The New Testament in Modern Speech, by Richard Francis Weymouth. Copyright © 1939 by James Clarke Co., publishers. 

Cover design by Justin Evans

Design Director: Bill Johnson

Copyright © 2010 by Gary Borgstede. All rights reserved

Visit author’s website: http://www.makeithappenlearninginstitute.com

Library of Congress Control Number: 2010940915

International Standard Book Number: 978-1-61638-440-1

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