When the Pharisees asked Jesus to tell them when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus answered their question with power. His response has provided guidance to generations of followers:
"When He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them, 'The kingdom of God does not come with observation.
Nor will they say, 'Here it is!' or 'There it is!' For remember, the kingdom of God is within you.'"
We won't find the kingdom of God to our left or right. It's not just down the street. We cannot observe it.
But God's leaders have His Kingdom
principles within them.
The overarching guideline for leaders is to measure our leading by kingdom principles.
"Was that conversation Godly?"
"Did I seek to understand?"
"Was I only concerned about being right?"
"Did I demand 'my way' or God's way?"
"Did I love the unlovely, as Jesus would?"
A pastor told me once to gauge the effectiveness of my leadership by how often I left the kingdom. I know this:
When I leave the kingdom of God, and behave such as a man of the world, I stagnate my growth and the growth of the team I lead.
If I call
myself a leader, I must fight to remain kingdom minded. Rationalizing that no one can get through a day without man "stepping out" is simply not good enough.
In Roman's 7, Paul laments that, "I do the very thing I hate."