I met a man decades ago who had the redemptive gift of Ruling. He understood that he was particularly gifted in bringing order out of chaos.
He began helping a small ministry that was about to go under, rescued them, and built them into a group with self-sustaining momentum.
That produced some fame that caused him to be noticed by an international organization that had vastly outgrown its structures, in pursuit of a supersized vision.
Again, in a few years time he took them from chaos to a smooth running organization that could support the continued expansion of their vision.
By then, he was a well know name in the religious circles. A very large church approached him about coming on staff with them. In terms of fame and fortune, it was a superb opportunity.
However, this Ruler was quite canny and he knew who he was. After the email connections segued into a phone call with the search committee, he asked them one question. “Do you have any chaos there?”
They proudly shared how well everything was running and told him all about the well oiled machinery he would inherit. They were convinced he was the guy to take the efficient operation to the next level.
They knew of his previous work and pointed out how much farther he could go if he started with excellence and built on that instead of digging out of a hole.
He acknowledged their logic but informed them that his gifting was bringing order out of chaos, and if they did not have any chaos, he was utterly disinterested in the job.
I like that guy! Not for sale.
He was determined to walk in his design, not in the culture’s cadence.
Chaos is just another word for an opportunity for gifted people to shine.
My wife experienced that years ago when she was a teacher in California. A referendum was presented to the voters mandating a particular kind of training materials in the schools.
The school districts and the text book publishers uniformly refused to prepare, certain that the new law would go down to defeat. In fact, it passed. The school districts still would not move on it, certain that they could easily overthrow it in the course. They lost at the very first round and were shocked.
Suddenly it was the beginning of the school year, the law was in effect immediately, and they had NO materials for this modality.
It so happens that my wife’s expertise was precisely there but she had not been able to showcase her strength because that modality was not part of the school system she was in – until the law passed.
She began writing lessons in that niche, three or four days out ahead of the kids. The other teachers at that grade level were desperately making copies of her work for use in their classes.
Through a simple cultural shift, my wife went from being “just another teacher” at an enormous school (twelve kindergartens) to being in the spotlight, as THE change agent for the school.
That is what happened for Mordecai. If he had been promoted to a high rank in times of stability, there would have been a long, slow process of figuring out the players and the game and carving out a spot for himself.
Because he was thrust into a situation where the Prime Minister had been declared guilty of treason and just been executed, and his legal agenda needed to be countered immediately, Mordecai was catapulted into a place of dominion.
Pray for that same dynamic – an opportunity to shine – for each of the Mordecais that God is trusting forth. Pray specifically for Hanna as she starts her training on Thursday and then starts her new job the following week.
There doesn’t need to be a crisis at the new company, but there does have to be an opportunity for her to showcase some great asset she carries that they do not know about yet.
Pray big for each Mordecai to have an opportunity to shine as soon as they are in position.
Copyright August 2016 by Arthur Burk
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