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for his greater glory

Many people claim certain values.

Until values are lived out, they are simply espoused values. An espoused value is an aspiration. It is a value you look up to but do not live. A lived-out value is what actually happens in your life.

If you want to see the actual lived-out values check out who gets rewarded, who gets promoted and who gets fired in organizations. 

An organization that espouses a value of accountability but rewards and celebrates people whose stewardship of organizational assets is questionable simply because they are close to the leaders, has in fact just demonstrated that their lived-out value is flattery.

Today I discuss another core value of mine:

Ad Majorem Dei Glorium– I live for God’s greater glory. I do not seek personal glory or credit.

Some people live to be felt, seen, known and honored. If you make the mistake of not acknowledging them for any contribution or even for their presence you become public enemy number one. They take it personal insult. Their passion is to succeed so that they join the hall of fame in their domain. They pursue glory and honor. It is their main driving force.

I tried that and gave up after some successes I achieved did not prove satisfying. I started asking myself about the real purpose for my life?

Do I live for me, myself and I? Do I want to be known as someone rich, influential, prominent and best of class? Then what?

I realized that the whole purpose for my life is really to live for God’s greater glory. I ceased to seek the applause of men or the acknowledgement that comes from society. When I stopped seeking credit for things I have done, I started enjoying life. I have been around some fellows who will seek to extract credit even for things done by others.

I have realized that I have greater fulfillment when I live for God’s greater glory. Whether I minister or counsel, it is all for His greater Glory.

I live for His Glory! The more Glory God gets, the happier I am. I am not into it for myself or for my glory!

I am more fulfilled when I reflect and deflect all the glory to Him.  When you do your best without a worry as to who gets the credit or the glory, you become more powerful and more influential.

Ad Majorem Dei Glorium– I live for God’s greater glory. I do not seek personal glory or credit.

What is the ultimate purpose of your life?

On Christ Alone

We continue to explore my personal values with an intention to challenge you to consider articulating your own value system.

Values are critical to guiding the way you do things. They define the way you do things. They also state what you are not willing and prepared to do. They speak to guiding principles of life.

Sola Christus – I live to please Christ above all. I will not please men at the expense of truth.

Martin Luther and the Reformers insisted that our belief should be founded on Christ alone. Ever since the Church has striven to pursue Christ and Truth.

I have lived my life with the intention of pleasing Christ my Lord. Yes sometime I have stumbled and caused Him shame. But whenever I fall I call on His Blood and repent and start the pursuit.

Our world is now full of men pleasers. We aim to please the Boss, to please the peers and to please the policemen of political correctness. People no longer stand by their convictions. They bend to the whims of whoever can promote them or open doors to them.

Galatians 1:10 TPT

“I’m obviously not trying to flatter you or water down my message to be popular with men, but my supreme passion is to please God. For if all I attempt to do is please people, I would not be the true servant of the Messiah.”

Within corporate organizations people try to decipher which direction the Boss is leaning, and only say those things that please the Boss. It’s called kissing upward. This does not add value to the leader or to the organization.

Often in Africa we have people who just flow with the flow of the leaders in power. They just want to cover their backs by aligning with whatever the leader says and does – even if the leader may be wrong. They focus on convenience rather than conviction.

If you are too keen on pleasing the Boss, you avoid constructive dissent or robust engagement to issues. The net result is that you are not useful to the Leader or the organization. You are a men-pleaser!

One of my core values is to dance to the beat of one drummer- Jesus Christ and consequently I will not choose to please men at the expense of truth.

I would rather be unpopular but stand for Truth. I choose principle over popularity. I choose conviction over convenience.

Sola Christus – I live to please Christ above all. I will not please men at the expense of truth.

What is resonating with you as you read this? What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?

What are you going to do about it?

A man of faith

Values by nature delineate boundaries of the sphere within which one chooses to live their life. They become a perimeter fence that marks out the sphere of play for your life.

Be clear about your values. It helps in making decisions because your values will tell what you will tolerate and what you will not accept. They become a grid through which your critical decisions are filtered.

One of my anchor values is:

Sola Fide– I live by faith in God and run my life on faith and trust.

More than 38 years ago I had an encounter that completely changed my life spiritually, socially and professionally. Very much everything I have done and become has been marked by that encounter. In a lecture room at St Augustine’s Mission, Penhalonga in Zimbabwe, I heard the Gospel clearly presented by Mr Miti. Grace called my name and by faith I was saved. Ever since that day my life has been marked by faith in God.

I remember one of my favorite teachers saying to me that this was just a fleeting childish zeal that would pass. But after these many years, that faith in God has kept me, led me and sustained me. I am a man of faith. The best way I can explain it is simply this:

Galatians 2:20 TPT

“My old identity has been co-crucified with Christ and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Christ lives his life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses his life into mine!”  

The life that I now live from that day onwards is by faith in Christ. Or I can put it another way- the faith of Christ lives in me and gives me life. I live by faith alone. Sola Fide! I do not walk in fear. I am daring to explore new opportunities. I am not afraid of failure. 

I refuse to negotiate life on the basis of fear. I engage life on the basis of hope and faith.

Faith is the anchor of my soul.

Because my life is so marked by faith, I have chosen to live my life and run my life on faith and trust. I have faith for the future. I have faith for the present. I am an eternal optimist because I know that all things will eventually worked together for my good.

While some see the world as conspiring against them, I see life as being wired and framed by God to conspire for my good.

I choose to have faith in people! When you have faith in the Unchangeable as the anchor of your soul, you can afford to have faith in people.

I am convinced that not only do I have faith in God – but in a strange way God does have faith in me as well. he has entrusted me with the unsearchable riches of His grace!

Sola Fide– I live by faith in God and run my life on faith and trust.

Have faith!

Extending Grace

We continue surfacing my personal values. Your values determine how you relate with others. They also declare what people can expect in dealing with you. They are a commitment to external stakeholders of what to expect of you. Learn to articulate your values.

I was unworthy and undeserving when God reached His hand to me and rescued me. He has transformed my life by His grace. He forgave my sins, delivered me from iniquity and poverty. God has opened opportunities for me where I did not deserve.

Grace is the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God.

I can safely say: I am what I am because of the grace of God. I am not a product of my intelligence, my merit, my past or my environment. I am a product of God’s grace. Everything I have and am is a product of grace.

1 Cor 15:10 NKJV

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Through the working of God, I have had people just extended grace towards me.

In places and situations I least expected God has brought people in my path who for no apparent reason extended me grace and met my needs or were just too good to me and mine. Indeed grace is the story of my life.

2 Cor 9:8 NKJV

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

I like to believe that I am a trophy of His grace. I cannot boast of my salvation, my assets or my prosperity. These are all products of grace.

Grace is – mercy, not merit. Grace is the opposite of karma, which is all about getting what you deserve.

Grace is getting what you don’t deserve, and not getting what you do deserve. 

Having been a beneficiary of God’s grace, I am known for extending grace to others. According to the measure of grace of Christ that I received, I relate to others on the basis of grace.

I intend to live my life with the full consciousness that grace was granted to me and so I have a moral obligation to extend grace to others.

“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” (Paul Zahl)

I am a beneficiary of grace and so become a benefactor to others, of the same grace extended to me.

Sola Gratia – I am what I am by the Grace of God and I extend grace to others.

A man of the word and of his word

Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)

We are talking about personal values.

We must be values-driven and values-guided people. As champions we must have clearly thought through values which serve as decision-grids determining what we can and cannot do. If I am clear on my values, it is easier to make the tough call decisions when crunch time comes.

With no clearly articulated values, emerging champions struggle to make critical judgment calls and vacillate.

Today I discuss one of my key values: Sola Scriptura. This value emanates from the reformers who insisted that they base their belief system and lives on the Scriptures or the Word of God alone. 

For me to fulfill my life assignment I stand guided by the Word of God. I am not moved by people or popular literature.  I am anchored on the Word of God.

The principles that run my life are solidly anchored on the unshakeable Word of God. If your principles are based on the subjective and/or on relativism, then you are unstable in all your ways.

Anything that contradicts or violates the Word, is unacceptable in my life, ministry or business. I am a man of the Word. I am a man of the Book. My ultimate compass is the Word of God. It is my plumbline.

As a consequence of being a man of the Word, I am a man of my word. God is reliable and dependable because He watches over His Word to perform it. Since I am a partaker of the divine nature, I must and do choose to honor and keep my word.

People should be able to trust me and depend on me because my word is my bond.

I am a man of the Word and will relate with people as a man of my word.

The Lord helping me, I will live by the Word and stand by my word even if it hurts.

We live in a world where words are meaningless. Some go to great lengths to draw elaborate contracts which they have absolutely no intention to keep. They craft them with so many loopholes to give them a legal way of escape.

Being legally correct does not necessarily confer legitimacy.

Our values define us.

By faith I declare that I am a man of the Word and people can relate to me as a man of his word! I pray that God helps me to live by this value.

Can your word be depended on? What value are you focusing on in your life today that defines who you are?

For God and for his kingdom

For the next few days I will attempt to articulate my values as guardrails for my life.

Pro Deo Et Regnum Dei (For God and For God’s Kingdom)

Those who serve in the military commit themselves by oath to allegiance to country and to the flag. They are willing to die in defense of that loyalty. They are motivated by that sense of allegiance. The knights and warriors of old had a similar allegiance.

After due reflections I have come to the conclusion that I too am a soldier of the Cross. In 2 Tim 2:3-4 “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

I therefore resolve that I live, “For God and For His Kingdom.” Pro Deo Et Regnum Dei

Everything I do is motivated by a passion for God and for His Kingdom. From now henceforth my primary motivation and primary loyalty by virtue of covenant is to God and His Kingdom. So help me God!

Champion, what is your primary motivation? Where does your primary loyalty lie? You need to settle that question in terms of your value systems.

Abrahamic Blessing: Fruitfulness

Blessing of increase and fruitfulness.

Increase and fruitfulness are part of the dominion mandate. Gen 1:28 declares, “And God blessed them. And God said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion.” To conquer a mountain or a jurisdiction one needs the power of numbers. There is no dominion without multiplying and being fruitful. As a pastor I have heard many ministers comfort (or console) themselves saying that it is not about the numbers but the spiritual depth that matters. I disagree. For the marketplace and thought leaders to take a priestly king or kingly priest seriously they need to see fruitfulness and market power. In the battle for influence your market share matters. If you are in the jurisdiction of finance and your economic or financial muscle is small, this limits your influence. Aspire to be a major player in your domain of influence because this multiplies your influence. Imagine how the fruitfulness and increase of the USA gives it enough muscle to be considered the world leader. Never mind the fact that China is slowly overtaking them. Numbers matter for priestly kings. For priestly kings increase and fruitfulness speak of influence and power.

God gives this increase much weight. Listen to His promise to Abraham in Gen 17:1b-2 “I am God Almighty. Walk before me and be blameless. I will make a covenant between me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.” (WMBBE). God takes this fruitfulness issue seriously. He had to make a covenant with Abraham to multiply him. I call it a covenant of increase and multiplication. Of Jesus, Isaiah declares, “of the increase of His Government, there is no end.”

God further reinforces this in Gen 17:5b-6 by declaring, “for I have made you the father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful and I will make nations of you. Kings will come out of you.” (WMBBE). Not just being fruitful but exceedingly fruitful. In Gen 22:17 he states to Abraham and to his seed. “I will bless you greatly, and I will multiply your offspring greatly like the stars of the heavens and like the sand which is on the seashore.” As part of the Abrahamic blessings of which we are heirs, we have a right to fruitfulness and multiplication.

Do not dream small. Kings think expansively. They think growth of territory. Whatever you do on the mountain of influence, aim for increase and fruitfulness. Abraham was so blessed that even when he was not a king by earthly standards the kings he encountered treated him as royalty. Hebrews 6:13-14 declares this blessing of increase in this way. “For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could not swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Didn’t Jesus himself say to us, “You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain; that whatever you will ask of the Father in my name, He may give it to you”? John 15:16 (WMBBE). We have a covenant of fruitfulness. Jesus’ intention is that the fruit of our labour in the domains of influence be lasting and enduring.

We should pursue making an indelible mark in our spheres of influence for Christ irrespective of who succeeds us. As priestly kings whatever we pursue, can and should be marked by increase and fruitfulness. We should not be comfortable with smallness. For the sake of the Kingdom we need to have an increase mindset. I have stopped having small dreams. Whatever endeavor I am involved in I recognize that I have a covenant mandate to pursue increase and multiplication. When you consider those who currently control the mountains of influence they have this increase mindset. They are fruitful. Even though most of them pursue increase for the wrong reason.

Abrahamic Blessing: The Promise

Blessing of Promise.

Abrahamic blessing includes being an heir to God’s promises. It includes being a covenant person. God entered a covenant with Abraham in which He made promises of eternal faithfulness. In the person of Jesus Christ, this covenant was ratified. We as priestly kings are not ordinary people we are covenant people. Though some of us who were gentiles were once afar off and strangers to the promises, we are no longer alienated from those promises. The Scriptures declare plainly, “Therefore remember that once —– you were at that time separate from Messiah, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua you who were once far off are made near in the blood of Messiah.” Ephesians 2:12-13 (WMBBE). It is critical that priestly kings live, walk and work with the consciousness of the covenants of promise.

You would recall that the thing that emboldened David when confronting Goliath, was the consciousness that David was a covenant person while Goliath was uncircumcised (a “no covenant man”). The Goliaths that challenge believers and defy God are un-covenanted and so can only be defeated by people who walk in the blessings of covenant-promises. You cannot take mountains which are infested by the demonic without a faith anchored in the covenant- keeping God.

You are no longer a stranger to the covenants of promise!

Abrahamic Blessing: Blessing of Land

Land is a primary aspect of the Abrahamic blessing. That is why the natural seed of Abraham values the land (Eretz Israel) so much. Since 1948 they have turned what was once a desert into prime agricultural land. They realize that God gives them land but it is up to them to develop the property. They have a property development mindset that adds value to what initially appears useless. Gen 15:7 declares “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land.”

One day I was struck with the impact of the issue of land. Do you realise that Abraham was promised a son and seed as numerous as the stars when he was very old and incapable of bearing a child, and yet he believed God – no questions asked. Check Gen 15:1-6. In fact when he believed the promise of a child the Bible says, “God accounted it to him as righteousness.” However when God in verse 7 promised him land (real estate), he stumbled. That is when he asked God, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it (the land)?” Abraham the father of faith could believe for a son and numerous seed BUT could not believe God for land. So he demanded an assurance. In response God initiated the covenant. So the covenant was a guarantee for possession of land. If you doubt me let us read together v18 that explains the purpose of the covenant God initiated with Abraham, “On the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land.”

Once I realized how important land is to God, I have advocated for priestly kings to desire and pursue all legitimate means to acquire real estate. It is an undisputable fact that he who controls land controls the economy. Kings are wealthier when they control vast chunks of real estate. Although I cannot explain it biblically I have come to the persuasion that land that belongs to believers is redeemed land while land under the control of unbelievers is open to Satanic abuse including blood sacrifices. I believe that Satan fights land getting into the hands of priestly kings because land that belongs to believers is redeemed and no longer available for ungodly and demonic sacrifices.