How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

Daniel is the embodiment of servant leadership.

Linn Winters
Mar 25, 2018    38m
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In the sermon Pastor Linn Winters discusses the story of Daniel. He explores servant leadership and how we can apply Daniels example of this type of leadership to our lives. That we can use Daniel as an example of how to truly apply ourselves with our whole heart even to the smallest, most seemingly insignificant task. How we can use our talents to benefit others. Video recorded at Chandler, Arizona.

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Video: 00:00 -- Introductory Video --

Pastor Linn: 00:22 Hey Cornerstone. How you doing? Isn't it fun when God answers prayer? Amen.

Pastor Linn: 00:34 So let me push in for a second. You realize God always answers prayer. We just always don't always like the answer that he answers prayer with. Right? But here's, here's the reality guys. You and I serve a god who is bigger than, smarter than, stronger than any problem you and I face and I just don't even get it why a follower of Christ would ever, ever, ever neglect prayer because it's literally one of the most powerful things in your arsenal. And so I just, I just want to encourage you that if nothing else happens as you listened to what God's done in the life of Tim and Jaken, that you and I would just simply lean in and find ourselves on our knees, maybe just a little more often because prayer changes things just really does. Uh, we are finishing up. We're landing our last conversation about The Office, how to, how to work in a not so great environment. And the truth is, a lot of us, especially as Christ followers, you find yourself in an environment that doesn't really, doesn't reflect your faith in God. Sometimes can even feel a little bit hostile, sometimes can even seem a just a little bit hopeless. Matter of fact, if we were being really, really, really honest, many of us will say, you know, to be truthful. My work environment, the culture of the place where I work is, is pretty messed up. There's, there's like huge cracks in it and how they treat people and kind of some weird expectations and, and, and just policies they have that actually slow you down instead of, you know, moving things in the right direction. And then if that weren't hard enough, I, I got a supervisor, I got a supervisor that is just an absolute mess. How would go I got a messy... no, don't do that.

Pastor Linn: 02:11 Chances are Cornerstone staff would be like, uh... Hey look I know if you're at San Tan, you're at Scottsdale you guys all have perfect jobs with perfect supervisors and you don't need to listen to what we're going to talk about today. But Chandler needs this really, really, really, really, really bad. OK? So you have to bear with us, you guys. Here's, here's what we're going to ask. Is it possible? Is it possible for me to effect my workplace, to change it to to lean into some of those things that are broken and most messed up and supervisors who don't necessarily have the full competencies and to effect any sort of effect and change? And here's going to be the really, really, really exciting and hopefully hopeful news today is that it's possible for you and I to lead even when we're not in charge. I can tell you that I can see some things that ought to be different. I can tell you some solutions that nobody seems to be considering, but here's the deal. I just, I don't, I don't have the authority to do that. I'm not, I'm not in a position to effect change. And here's what you're going to discover today guys, if you miss everything else, and if this is the only thing that lands...

Pastor Linn: 03:29 Authority, the ability to lead to some new place has nothing to do with title or position, it doesn't. It has everything to do with influence, and that how you conduct yourself, how you act at work, the way you do what you do at work has either potential to increase your influence or diminish your influence as a Christ follower in your work environment and you can lead even if you're not in charge.
Pastor Linn: 04:07 You ready? Grab your bibles. We're going to go to a story in scripture that I think just underlines this principle over and over and over and over and over again, it's in the book of Daniel, and if you're not really familiar, the easiest way today to get to the book of Daniel, if you just open your Bible dead center in the middle, you're probably going to find the book of Psalms or maybe the book of Proverbs. You head to the right and you're going to get into books like Ezekiel, and Daniel's going to show up. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel. If you get to Hosea you've gone too far. Come back to the left, but it's Daniel a chapter one, and here's the interesting part about this story is that it is the story of Daniel, a guy who probably enters into the most broken, messed up work environment you can possibly imagine. He starts out as a slave. I mean talk about entry level job, and yet by the time he is over he will change the heart of the king and turn the direction of an empire, and it's not because of his position. It's because of the influence of a slave and it is possible, possible, possible -- are you ready? To lead even if you don't have the title.

Pastor Linn: 05:26 Today, we're going to talk about... You know it may feel a little different than the normal sermon. I think hopefully there's some really, really practical helps in there, but here's what we're going to find out is that what we're going to talk about today, I think has biblical, biblical, biblical foundation all through this conversation of leading when you're not in charge.
Pastor Linn: 05:42 All right, so here's the story. Here's the story of Daniel. Some of you will know it. Some of you this will be brand new to you. Daniel's a young man, Babylon invades Israel. Babylon is the enemy of Israel and they conquer Israel and now they drag off the best and the brightest of all Israel, they leave a lot of old ladies. They leave old men that can't work very hard, sometimes they left some children behind, but anybody of value they now dragged off to Babylon to serve in Babylon. Daniel, a young man, is amongst it...amongst that group. And out of that group they select Daniel and a few of his friends, because they're good looking and they're smart. And the idea of the Babylonians is this, we're going to take these young men and we're going to train them to be really good Babylonians. It's actually an ingenious plan because the idea is if we can get Jews to think like Babylonians,behave like Babylonians. We can steer them and because we give them certain, you know, positions over the top of their own people than they can steer their own people in obedience to us. Daniel has been selected to be a pawn of this very, very, very, very dark, dark empire. As a part of this, he's taken into training. They're going to teach him Babylonian 101.

Pastor Linn: 07:09 Now, here's what you need to know about Babylon. It is a culture absolutely founded on witchcraft and superstition. So Daniel studies are how to be a good witch, this is what they're training him in. And as the story begins to unfold, part of his training is not only his classes, but now they actually thinking they're doing a good thing put Daniel on this special diet. It's actually food right from the king's table. It's considered a privilege. The struggle for Daniel, is is that the food from the king's table isn't kosher, and so now Daniel finds himself in a moment of real conflict in which is to say. Hey, I know, I know, I know, I know you were actually doing this, thinking that you're giving me something special, that it's a privilege. But I'm Jewish and I can't, I can't defile myself by eating this.

Pastor Linn: 08:01 He ends up proposing to the captain of the guard a test. He says, "Hey, would you just let me and my friends eat vegetables for a little while and then let's see, you know, if we're physically doing okay". Like you know, which was really the heart of what you were doing. It's interesting because after 10 days they test Daniel and his friends and he's even healthier, his friends were even healthier, than all the guys who are eating the other food. But think about this challenge. Daniel is having to learn the dark, dark culture, the dark beliefs of Babylon. And in that moment he chooses, you ready for this, to do something that by all rights in his mind has to be a bad idea. See if you're Daniel wouldn't you in that moment say, "Look, what you ought to be teaching, is you ought to be teaching about God. See, what you ought to be teaching, is you probably should be teaching people scripture if you really want it to be helpful. You shouldn't be teaching the dark arts to people. Hey, it's not necessarily a good idea to do that. " And yet, here's what's interesting, Daniel in that moment chooses to be the best student possible. Somewhere Daniel's able to say in his mind, look, here's the deal, I don't have to believe it to study it. I don't have to agree with it, just because I'm learning it. And so he chooses, in that moment, to take what he for all rights and intents would say is not a very good idea, and actually to do it with all of his strength and all of his might.

Pastor Linn: 09:44 Matter of fact, if you look in Daniel chapter one, verse 20, here's what it says happens after Daniel goes through the company indoctrination course. You Ready? Daniel chapter one, verse 20, "In every matter of wisdom and understanding, Babylonian wisdom and Babylonian understanding." About which the king questioned them, they've been brought in and now it's time for the final exam. He found them, Daniel and his friends, 10 times better than all the magicians and enchanters in the whole kingdom. So Daniel has learned witchcraft better than the witches. To which you go Linn, Linn, wait are you kidding me? So Daniel's taking a really, really bad idea and he's putting in all this effort. And yes in part of how this is going to play out in Daniel's life, and part of how God is going to take a guy who's not in charge and yet allow him to lead...is that later on in his career there's going to be moments he stands before the king, and the king was going to ask him questions. And Daniel's going to say, here's what I know, the other magicians would tell you. Here's what I know a Babylonian would say. But let me give you a better alternative, by learning what they believe, he's actually able to turn it into a moment to see God.

Pastor Linn: 11:19 Daniel takes a bad idea, an idea that you'd say this isn't a good idea I wish we weren't doing this, and yet he puts his whole effort in. How hard is that? How many times have you had a supervisor? How many times have you had a company who put out a policy, and you went that only makes it harder to do my job? Are you kidding me? Why would you impose that? Why would you do that? There's nothing about that that's going to help morale. You realize everybody is going to be that much more frustrated, that much angrier because of this policy. And you and I, over and over and over again, have been in the exact same place that Daniel's in. Where we go hey, I'm just telling you, I don't think this is a good decision. But let me ask the question. When's the last time you saw your company, saw your supervisors, make a not so great decision and said, I'm going to put my whole heart into it? I'm going to graduate summa cum laude from my witchcraft class.

Pastor Linn: 12:22 If I were to take this principle, this principle of leadership, this principle of influence that Daniel uses here. I would call it this. Be the wind in your boss's sail.
Pastor Linn: 12:47 All three principles we're going to talk about today. All have an S in them. I did that to help you. Okay, so S, be the wind in your boss's sail. It's saying look, here's the deal, I don't necessarily agree. I don't think this is the best idea, but here's the deal, I'm going to be the biggest pusher. I'm going to be the hardest worker. I'm going to put wind into this decision, this thing, this idea, that we're doing, even though I don't think it's the greatest idea.

Pastor Linn: 13:16 Let me give an example from my life,. So some of you know, if you've been around here for any length of time at all, you know that one of the deepest and most important relationships in my life was with this guy named George Bentley. Who was the executive pastor, who just mentored, and mentored and poured into a young man's life. But if you fast track back to where George and I first met, George, wasn't sure what to think of me. I was working at a really small little Baptist church up in Scottsdale. He was the executive pastor. I was the brand new youth pastor. And they came up with an idea, a really, really, really, really stinky idea to hold a missions conference. How many of you know what old school missions conferences were like? Okay, there's like three of us. Okay, so let me tell you, the rest of you. Imagine taking a hot poker and sticking it in your eye. This is what old school missions conferences were like. Okay, so here's what they would typically do. They would get all the children and the teams to carry the flags from all the different countries, from the mission field down the aisles in the main church service. They would do this, because it was too humiliating to ask adults to do it. So you made the children do it. Then church would get over and they would hold a potluck at which aunt Alice would always bring her green Jell-O with little carrots slivers in it. Once you had eaten, or at least nibbled, on food that you had never seen before and prayed you would never see again.

Pastor Linn: 14:49 You then had to go to the missions conference. Which they usually held in a fellowship hall, okay we have three Baptists in the room, a fellowship hall where they would set up all these different booths and the booth was typically a table run by somebody who had never been to that mission field who simply was arm twisted to sit at the table. Unpack out of a box a couple trinkets, that came from that field, that looked like the bad crummy things that your grandma brought back when she traveled overseas. That's what it looked like, and then you were supposed to walk to each of the tables and pretend to be interested and ask questions about that particular missionary. Which the person at the table could not answer because they never met him. That's a missions conference. And I'm just telling you when they said, hey Linn, we're doing the missions conference. And guess what, the young people get to participate. I'm going, oh, horrible, horrible idea. This is going to turn our kids off to missions, are you kidding me? And in that moment I decided I need to do my very best to take a crummy idea and see if I can't make it better.

Pastor Linn: 16:09 I'm going to take what just looks so dumb and so broken and how so little capacity to work and I'm going to put my best effort into it. So I started recruiting high school kids and when they'd come in after school and we papier mache'd logs. Big old, like 12 foot long, big old logs. We papier mache'd them and wrapped paper around the chicken wire and then painted them to look like logs. And then we built, you ready for this, we built a Navajo Hogan. We built four half sides of the Hogan on the deal, so that you could walk up on that day and you just had this bird's eye view of looking right into an actual Hogan from the Indian reservation. We put all the furnishings on the inside that looked just like how the Navajos would live. And then out the window of the Hogan we actually did a video presentation of all the missions work that our teenagers had been doing, and the incredible effect that they were having for God, out there on the missions field. That crazy Hogan became the highlight of the missions conference. Nobody was at the little cheap, they were all at the Hogan. When the missions conference was over, George came to me and he said, thank you. I know you really didn't want to do that. Years later, years later when I was sitting with Pastor George, my supervisor, my leader who made the stupid decision to have a missions conference in the first place. He sat with me and he said, Linn, you know the moment that my heart turned and I knew I was going to invest in you? The Hogan.

Pastor Linn: 17:49 There is no more powerful way for you to lead when you're not in charge, than to be the wind in your boss's sail. Just say hey look, I don't like idea. I don't think it's a very good idea, but here's what I'm doing. I'm going to put my maximum effort in. I'm going to get into it. I'm going to do this at the highest possible level to take something that's not a great idea and maybe at least at the very end, make it good. It's Daniel saying, hey I'll learn the lessons, I'll graduates summa cum laude, and I don't even think that this is really the right thing to be studying. It's a young pastor saying mission conferences stink, and yet I'll invest. And guys, I'm just going to tell you one of the most powerful ways for you to influence the culture. The leaders where you're at, a way to lead when you're not in charge, is to simply lean into some of the not so great ideas and say, hey, I'm going to be the strong. I'm going to put my effort, my time in to make what has every ability to come off bad and do my best to make it good. I choose to be the wind in my leader's sails.

Pastor Linn: 19:04 The second thing that Daniel does, this just absolutely remarkable, while he's there in Babylon. Is that he takes every assignment, no matter how small, and he just simply says, I'm going to do this with all of my heart. I'm going to take every assignment and I'm just going to do it to the very, very, very, very best of my ability. It kind of harkens back to the passage we talked about last week that said, don't work for your supervisors just when they're watching you, but instead do it with all your heart as if you were working for God. And guys over and over and over again, Daniel, whether he's on trash patrol and picking stuff up, whether he's having to haul luggage for some guy. Whatever they give to Daniel, the slave, he just simply chooses to do really, really well. He chooses to do the small things exceptionally, and I call this simply being faithful even when it's small.

Pastor Linn: 20:23 Here's the deal...when somebody gives you a big assignment, when someone says, hey, this is really important and this is absolutely mission critical. Then all of us have our radar go up and we all go okay everyone's watching. This is important and I better do this one well. Well, let me ask you a question. When's the last time you did something that was relatively insignificant? That in the grander scheme of things, had no reason to be noticed. Picking up trash, simply helping to put stuff away after the party. When's the last time you did something small? Exceptionally?

Pastor Linn: 21:05 You know Jesus kind of talked about this, if you think about it, remember he talked about the parable, the talents. He said, hey one guy got five talent, one guy got two talents, one guy got one talent. And if you remember the parable, you remember the guy with five talents got five more. And Jesus said, man, high five you did a great job. Yet the guy who had two talents and he got two more. And Jesus said, man, that was great. But remember the guy who got the smallest assignment, remember the guy who had one talent? And we don't know, right? We don't know for sure because Jesus didn't unpack it. But what do you think the chances are that that guy was going, dude, smallest assignment in the room, least consequential, least important, smallest amount of influence. And what does he decide to do? He takes the small thing, the one thing he was given, he buries it under a rock. Remember what Jesus says? Couldn't you at least put in nominal effort? Couldn't you have at least kind of carried through with it? Because, ready for this, small things matter, small things matter. So when's the last time you took a small assignment and did it with exception?

Pastor Linn: 22:12 It's interesting because something like that happened here just recently. We just did a series together called One, and it was a discipleship series. We were talking about, hey, what if every single person who calls Cornerstone home made one step to follow Jesus more passionately? Would that be one discipleship step? I'm going to obey God where I haven't obeyed. I'm going to do something I haven't done. I'm going to leave something behind that I've been carrying with me. What if you did one step? It would really change your Christian walk. And then we also said, and what if you brought someone with you? What have you brought one person this year into the room so they could hear about Jesus. Figure this God out that you've figured out. Would you move one and would you bring one? And as we were putting this whole thing together, we were in planning meetings and this idea came up and they said hey, what if we had One sign? What if we had a sign in the lobby and every time someone brought a guest they could screw a little light bulb in and you know, and that would signify they brought their one. And we had said, well, you know, we've had that idea before we checked into it. It was really, really expensive. We could never get it done. And someone said, well, what if we try this time? So we went to the maintenance team and we said, guys, look, we got a weird assignment. We've never been able to pull it off before. If we could have a sign in the lobby, you know, when people could screw their light bulbs in every time they brought a friend. And we could do that. And here's the deal, here's what you need to know. If it doesn't get done, it's not going to ruin the series. Right? Even if you don't do it, if it doesn't, we're going to live okay. And then here's the other thing you need to know. We don't have any money. I mean, so you know, crummy assignment, not a lot of money. Have you seen that sign? Is that that crazy? And here's how they got around the money thing. I think there's 2000 light sockets. You know how they've pulled off 2000 light sockets in that sign? They're Christmas lights. They got strings of Christmas lights, and then guess how they got them to stay in there? They put them in and then they sprayed in that expanding foam. What a great idea. $5 cans at home depot. And they took an assignment that they were told probably can't be done. It really doesn't hinge on this thing and you have no money and resources to do it. And did it with exception. You know what? You know what their supervisor was thinking after that? Man, if they do that with something small. So I'm just happy to announce right now. We're actually going to do a billboard. Nah, I'm teasing. I'm teasing.

Pastor Linn: 24:49 But you get the moment right? That when you and I take that thing that in all right is small and you know, may or may not get noticed. And all of a sudden you and I say, hey, I am going to do whatever this assignment is. Because remember, it's not my supervisor who gave me the assignment, it's God. Work as unto the Lord. And I'm just going to take even that small thing that feels beneath me and I feel like I should've had more responsibility and more. I'm going to take that small thing and I'm going to do it at an exceptional level. And when you read the story of Daniel, he does this over and over and over again. And it explains how the slave leads, without being in charge.

Pastor Linn: 25:31 Last thing, last really, really strong principle about leading when you're not in charge. Out of the story of Daniel. Daniel leverages his abilities for other people's benefit. It's interesting because Daniel has the ability to interpret dreams. That's his special ability. Special qualification. How easy would it have been for Daniel to go, look, I don't even like these Babylonians. Right? I mean, the truth is I wish they were all gone and I could go back home to be with my family. What would inspire him to say, hey, I'm going to leverage my best skill set, my best abilities to help them. And yet, over and over and over and over again in the story you find Daniel using his God given abilities to help the Babylonians and then later on the Persians in the story. Matter of fact, if you read in chapter two, if you still have your bibles open, in verse 27. It's one of those moments that the king has brought him in front and said, hey, I've had this dream. I don't know how to interpret it. Here's what Daniel says, Daniel Chapter two, verse 27. Daniel replied, "`No wise man enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery that he was asked about his dream. But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the days to come". And think about this, Daniel takes his God given ability uses it for people he doesn't even like. Some of you will say, Linn, you just described everybody I work with. Well, that's the whole point. He takes his God given abilities, leverages them for the blessing, and the benefit for people that by all rights he probably hates.

Pastor Linn: 27:40 Principle number three. Daniel models for you and me how to be a servant leader. I'm not going to do what I do for my fame. I'm not going to do what I do for my promotion. I'm going to take my skills and God given abilities and I'm going to use them to benefit the people around me. Remember Jesus has this conversation when he's here on Earth. Remember that one of the last conversations that he has with his own disciples comes after, you ready for this, he takes a towel and washes their feet. The king of the universe, takes a towel and washes his disciples feet. And guys, I'm just going to tell you, this was a grungy job. This was what servants did. Because in those days everybody wore sandals. There are no paved roads, everybody's walking down pretty much dirt trails. By the time you walked into someone's house, the whole bottom third of your leg was black. And a servant would come and would wash the dust from your legs. And Jesus puts on the towel and washes the legs of the disciples. He leverages his time, he leverages his strength to bless them. Servant leadership. Daniel takes his God given abilities and says, hey, I'm going to take these things that I could use for my own promotion. I could use to get noticed and instead I'm going to leverage them for your benefit. Servant leadership. Servant leadership is simply this. It's simply saying, hey, I'll take my skill, I'll take my strength and I will help you before I help myself.

Pastor Linn: 29:28 It goes up to my supervisor. Everybody expects that, right? It goes horizontally to your coworkers. Imagine how stunned your coworkers would be if you became a servant leader. If you said, hey, I'm going to take my abilities, my capacities, my influence and whatever my department has, and I'm going to use them to make your department better. I'm going to use them to help you do your job better. A co-worker think you were the most amazing person in the world and all you're simply doing is being like Jesus. You're washing feet and you servant lead down. That every person who answers to you, every person who you have the opportunity to lead that you say, hey, my leadership, my ability, my capacities are about making your performance better. Imagine if you had a supervisor who coached you and mentored you and helped you get through a project at a really high level, and then when the moment of applause came that leader stepped to the side and allowed you to stand in the light and get the credit. You'd think that was a pretty amazing leader. Servant leadership, washing feet.

Pastor Linn: 30:53 Three principals. Daniel puts the wind in his boss's sails. He takes bad ideas and makes some good. He's faithful with small things. He doesn't care if he's carrying trash, he's going to carry trash really, really well. And then finally he uses his abilities and capacities to benefit others. And suddenly you and I get a living illustration that, you ready for this, that you can lead without being in charge.

Pastor Linn: 31:28 Let me read you what happens as a result for Daniel. It's Daniel Chapter 6. Some people around him have gotten jealous of the fact that he has influence and they've just been promoted. They decide to set a trap for Daniel and the trap is simply this. They go to the king one day and they say to the king, hey look, we all know that you believe you're a god, so let's make a new law. The law is that everybody has to pray to you for the next 30 days. They cannot pray to another God. They do this because they know Daniel will not stop praying to his own God. So think about this. Daniel has been a servant leader to the people around him. Daniel's taking little teeny assignments and made them really, really good. Daniel's been a person who took bad ideas and made them even better, and still there's jealousy. The very people that he's benefited now turned on him and say, we need Daniel out of the room. He's getting too much notice. And so they convince King Darius to make this decree that nobody, nobody, nobody can pray to anybody but him for 30 days. And what do you think Daniel does? He goes out on his balcony. He prays three times a day to God just like he always has. He gets called in front of the king. The king realizes he's been duped by these other guys. And now he's got to release Daniel by means of death. Kind of a harsh release system.

Pastor Linn: 32:57 They decided to throw him into a lion's den. Let me read to you what happens in the next morning. Daniel chapter 6, verse 19. "At the first light of dawn the king got up and hurried to the lion's den, and when he came near to the den he called to Daniel in an anguished voice. Daniel servant of the living God, has your God whom you serve continually been able to rescue you from the lions?" Don't you know Daniel just paused for a second or two, just for effect. There was probably a little background music that picked up. Daniel answered, " May the king live forever. My God sent his angel to shut the mouths of lions. They have not hurt me, nor because I was found innocent in his site, nor have I ever done any wrong before you, your Majesty." The king was overjoyed and he gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den, and when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him because he had trusted in God. At the king's command the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lion's den along with their wives and their children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.

Pastor Linn: 34:30 Okay now at this moment you're going, why didn't you tell us that at the beginning? You mean my supervisors might end it? Never mind. All right. That is not the motivation. Then King Darius wrote to all the nations and the people of every language and all the earth. Watch this. Now King Darius, this heathen guy committed to witchcraft, committed to absolute darkness. Here's what he writes. May you prosper greatly. I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom, people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God. He endures forever. The kingdom will not be destroyed. His dominion will never end. He rescues and saves. He performed signs and wonders in the heavens and the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions. So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

Pastor Linn: 35:35 And a guy, a guy who starts as a slave, who realizes that you can lead even if you're not in charge. You can lead by simply doing your job exceptionally different than everybody else. And here's what I'm wondering today. What if the people of Cornerstone took a lesson from Daniel? What if the employers in Chandler, in Ahwatukee, in Mesa, in Tempe, and in Gilbert, said I would hire a Cornerstone every day. Because they are exceptional and the lead, even when they're not in charge. They take bad ideas and make them good. They take small assignments and they just do them with exception. They leverage their abilities and they give them to others in the organization like a servant. I wonder if the world would see our God in our work.

Pastor Linn: 36:49 Let's bow our heads. I just wanted to ask you real quick, with our heads bowed and you just considering. When's the last time your supervisor had a bad idea and you leaned in with all your strength? When's the last time you had a small insignificant assignment, that chances where nobody was ever going to notice, and you chose to do it with exception. When's the last time you washed feet? You took your skills and your ability and leveraged them for the people around you. Because you can lead. You can point people to Jesus. People can see your God in your work even when you're not in charge.

Pastor Linn: 37:56 Dearest Lord Jesus, please, please, please help us to come to the moment that we do everything unto you with all of our heart. That we would just simply say, God, it's not the assignment that's going to fill me up. I'm not looking for that career position that fulfills me. What's going to fulfill me is that whatever job you gave, whatever assignment you've placed in my hands, I will do it as unto you with every bit of my strength and my fiber and not to fill me up, but so that others would see you in me. That the hearts of kings would be turned,` and the kingdoms would change direction because of an employee. In this we pray in Jesus name. Amen.



Recorded in Chandler, Arizona.
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