OUT OF INSECURITY BY RAISING LEADERS.
Another good illustration to buttress this point is found in the
ministry of the sons of the Prophet who were with Elisha. Look at it,
Sons of the Prophets.
1 And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we
dwell with thee is too strait for us.
2 Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and
let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.
3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he
answered, I will go.
4 So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.
5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he
cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he
cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.
This is what it means not only to be a son or staff of an
establishment, but the very fact that these people gets to own the vision. And
they are more concerned for the expansion and progress of the work than even
you. Elisha seems not to have noticed or have the burden to move on beyond
where they were.
The sons pointed out this problem of the smallness of the
environment they were in, to Elisha and demanded for the need to expand it. Not
just that, but also proffer a solution to the problem by asking that they build
a bigger place.
Vesre.3 And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy
servants. And he answered, I will go.
Elisha approved their thoughts of moving to a bigger space, but they were not
content to go without their boss. This is ministry and corporate synergy to
birth a bigger sphere of the establishment or ministry.
They knew they needed him with them even though Elisha permitted
them to go without him. Here we see again, that Elisha had trust in his sons
and would give them free hand to run the system if they so choose. He wasn’t
afraid they might leave him to start something else on their own outside of him
or join themselves to another Prophet. He wasn’t suspicion of their move or
even thinking that one of them could rise and take over leadership once they
leave him. He was a secure leader.
And to you the disciple, staff or children, how do you feel
seeing your establishment or ministry not growing.? How comfortable are you in
the midst of the stagnations that your ministry is facing and your thought is
just, well it’s not my own! etc. It shows you have not bought into the vision.
You have not owned the vision with the leader. You are still
serving for the purpose of what you can get at the end of the day and perhaps
setting your eyes on the goal of leaving one day, soonest to establish your
own. Hear what they lord will say to a people like this ..
Luke 16:12 “And if ye have not been faithful in that which is
another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own”?
Meaning one of the reasons for the delays you are having in life
and even why the work is not progressing in your hand, is because you have not
shown commitment and faithfulness to the ministry or establishment that you are
seeing in, or the office that you are occupying.
The lord judges you based on your commitment to the place you
are in per time. You must begin to see the position or job you are doing to be
your present allotment from the lord and be serious with it to bring the
required expansion and changes. See the confessions of Laban after what
happened to his business as a result of the visitation of Jacob.
Gen.30: 27 And Laban said unto him, I pray thee, if I have found
favour in thine eyes, tarry: for I have learned by experience that the LORD
hath blessed me for thy sake.28 And he said, Appoint me thy wages, and I will
Can you see that? Laban will not allow Jacob to leave because,
his business prospered in the hands of Jacob. Now, God have to provide for
Jacob by giving him a vision that turned his fortunes around as he leaves. That
is the point I am raising. As one who is serving in any capacity in another
man’s ministry or company. Your reward is always with the Father because of
your faithfulness. It comes in, in the way your least can expect.
Verse 5 But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into
the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.
They went out of their way to borrow what to use in getting the
proffered solution to the problem. They never came to him or to ask how it must
be achieved, they already know what to do outside of Elisha. They borrowed?
Meaning, they put their lives on the line to get the required result for what
they needed, not just for themselves but for Elisha to have a bigger place and
ministry if need be. Have you come to the place in your ministry or
establishment where your staffs can take initiatives and do so at their own
And to the staff or disciples, have you come to the place where
you can do things without bothering the CEO or always asking for things to be
done without your total commitment? You haven’t yet bought into the vision or
Verse .6 And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed
him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron
The axe swam out because there was a reason it was borrowed, and
the person of Elisha was there. Meaning, no matter what you expended in trying
to cause the vision to move forward, there will always be a reward and
restoration at the end.
The story of Gehazi is in 2 kings 4: 8 -17.is another
interesting picture of a trained servant who can recognize what the master
cannot see even though he was a prophet.
Do you realised that Gehazi the servant of Elisha was the one
that saw that the women who hosted them was barren?
Despite the fact that he was working with a prophet, it was not
the prophet that saw the problem that was in that home, but the servant. A
trained servant with the commission in his heart could see issues, just like
the disciples of Jesus saw the lad with the five loaves and two fishes.
Fully trained sons could see what the CEO, s and family heads
can’t see. When sons or workers rises to take responsibility, it frees the
leadership from insecurity.
Another beauty illustration of this fact is found in the book of
second king about the healing of Naaman the captain of Syrian army …
girl from Israel.
2 Kings 5 :1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of
Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD
had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he
was a leper.
2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out
of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
3 And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that
is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
4 And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that
is of the land of Israel.
5 And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king
of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six
thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter
is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee,
that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy”.
Again, we see here that it took a slave girl from Israel, not
anybody else to proffer solution to the master’s problem. What is really
impressing about this girl’s story is the fact that, she understood her culture
where she came from. Here is a girl in a foreign land, but the environment and
the fact that she was a slave did not intimidate her or shut her out from trusting
and still believing in her identity as an Israelite. She is so immersed in that
culture that external or foreign influence could not rob her of her cultural
belief. She still beliefs that the solution to here master was tied to her
home-grown culture. No fears no embarrassment or doubt in her mind, about what
could happen if only the master can get there.
Here is the question for the would-be leader, how solidly strong
a conviction about the culture of the house are your disciples and workers.?
Can they be able to represent you when you are not there? Can they be bold
enough to speak of the culture of the house, ministry outside of the locality.
What do they know about the house that you are raising them in? Do they speak
of their ministry to others out of deep conviction?
A true leader should be able to raise men and woman of
substances that would be a reflection of the culture they are developed in,
outside of their environment. Raise leaders and well-developed men with the
culture in their veins and be free from insecurity.
excerpt from my Book, “Insecure Leadership”.
To be continued…