Two of the greatest ambassadors of the Kingdom of God I have had the privilege to know were the late Elder Joshua “Turnel” Nelson and the late Dr. Wade Taylor. I consider both to be spiritual fathers and mentors, respectively. On separate unconnected occasions, they said the following (and I paraphrase) … “If I fail to come apart to be with Him, I shall eventually come apart.”
This statement has had a profound effect and impact upon my approach to God the Father and my continuing relationship/fellowship with Him. As a result of the biblical leadership influences of Nelson, Taylor, and the late Dr. Myles Munroe, my personal approach to and pursuit of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel was set on Biblical, scriptural, historical and theological moorings.
As leaders, especially in and of Christ and His Kingdom, we must understand that our leadership domains emanate directly from the Purpose for which we were born. We were created and are constantly being developed and trained as we obediently cooperate with His process, to serve the will and intentions of the Ancient of Days, while at the same time over the course of this life, totally fulfill His particular leadership assignments designated to each of us. Ultimately, we are to rule, reign and administrate with Him in the expansion and establishment of His Kingdom here on earth and abroad.
There is no doubt a desperate need in this global age, not necessarily for a greater number of intelligent or gifted leaders, but for deep leaders. In order to be truly effective, we must possess certain dimensions of depth within our arenas of leadership. A leader’s life marked by the evidences of depth can often only be cultivated by God during regular periods or seasons of time spent in quietness, obscurity and solitude with Him. These are vital necessities in this aspect of our continuing leadership development and spiritual training.
The Bible shows that those used greatly (Moses, David, Joseph, Elijah, John the Baptist and apostle Paul, to list a few) were first called and then prepared for their mighty exploits during time spent in solitude with God. Most of them did not have the luxury of choice but were placed on their respective “retreat-advances” as I call them, by a set of divinely arranged circumstances. As leaders in today’s society, we must endeavor to regularly set aside time to be apart and alone with our Creator in order for Him to further nurture and maintain the dimensions of deepness demanded by our purpose and by those for whom we are responsible to love and lead. Many of us as leaders must manage public lives no matter what our sphere(s) of influence and responsibility. However, it is critical that we cultivate a hidden life as well, wherein we practice the personal discipline of “coming apart” for short or extended periods of time to be alone with Him. This is key if we are to have true, impactful, and lasting effectiveness.
Brother Kenneth R. Fabre’ is an author, speaker, ordained minister, and servant-leader dedicated to his family. He has a passion for the Body of Christ and believes that it is his mission to encourage, lift up and edify those around him. His Summit Place is a platform where Ken can touch lives and share God’s word.