Philippians 2:1-18, “Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[c] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.”
SEEK TO UNDERSTAND BEFORE BEING UNDERSTOOD
People don’t care what you know unless they know you care.
Personality tests help us to understand each other.
Helps us to show grace and understanding.
Introverts need time alone.
Extraverts need time with people.
9 positive comments to every 1 critical.
We can always find something to encourage someone.
Look to the person next to you and tell them something encouraging.
SAY THANK YOU A LOT
There is power in giving thanks.
Saying thanks brings wholeness
BELIEVE THE BEST IN OTHERS
Assume the best in others not the worst.
Speak life and potential into them.
Don’t just see them for where they are now but see their potential
DELEGATE DON'T DUMP
We empower others when we delegate effectively and don’t just dump it on them.
Have you ever been dumped on?
Somebody gives you an assignment and it’s like good luck. There isn’t any expectation. There isn’t clear communication. There probably isn’t even good follow up. And if there is follow up it’s usually negative because they didn’t know what we were wanting them to do.
3 Aspects of Delegation:
GIVE MINISTRY AWAY!
2 Timothy 2:2, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”(NIV)
When you have an assignment or a ministry opportunity. Ask yourself who can I train to do this?
Doing it yourself may seem easier and faster. But it doesn’t allow for growth and multiplication.
Anything is possible if we think TEAMS!
In fact you may train someone and they end up doing it better than you! And that’s a good thing.
Insecure leaders have a hard time giving ministry because they enjoy getting the credit, the attention and it makes them feel needed and important. Because you are the ONLY one that can do it. And that’s not a good place to be.
Allow them to do it 80% of what you would do. Don’t expect them to do it exactly the way you would do it.
As long as they are in line with the vision and values allow them to do things different, think outside the box, be creative.