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Leadership Worthy of History

In our day and age, the concept of leadership has suffered due to negative characteristics of poor ethics and compromising integrity.

The negative exposure of global scandals evidently affects various arenas of moral, economic and spiritual components of life. Unfortunately, the evidence of such things indicates our environment is saturated with haughty, greedy and selfish leadership. A graduate from MIT, Professor Dr. Leonard Sayles, categorized leadership in the 90’s and the millennium indicated overly arrogant and greedy characteristics. Our microwave generation, the “I must have things now generation” is falling into the box of failing to adhere to proper elements of effective leadership can bring about dire consequences. The need in our generation signifies that we desperately need moreleaders who walk in the fear of the Lord.

God knows very well the methods of success and will always put you through a process before He promotes you, so your reign won’t be a temporary one as He cares about your character before your glory. He desires for your footprints to leave a legacy for generations to come.

The Bible is full of models and prototypes of great leaders. Such biblical examples show God can and will use each phase of your life to train you in the right season. He will bring out the best fragrance of leadership to appeal to others to draw them to Christ.

Let us analyze the training and character of a great leader who made history: The great Queen Esther – an orphan girl whom God appointed and processed to become the leader who would preserve her nation from ultimate genocide. Esther came to the palace, not to be served, but to give her life for her people. In order to reach the throne, something perhaps she had never imagined in her life, she had to go through a process in order to prepare for what was to come.

Becoming queen did not happen overnight for Esther. There was much education and mentoring from her cousin and the eunuch. Esther had to have an obedient attitude and a desire to learn because the stature she would acquire as queen would require a firm will, mettle, stamina and above all humility. Prior to becoming queen, Esther had to go through the bedroom, the best place in the harem. She first had to be alone to meet with God. Before coming to notoriety, she had to go through anonymity. History tells us during this period of darkness in her room, her body had to be bathed in oil of myrrh for a period of six months. Why was myrrh chosen? We know about the aromatic smell of myrrh and how it was one of the elements given to baby Jesus as a gift at birth. Myrrh is a bitter tasting resin that contains many healing properties and is used as an antibiotic to heal wounds.

Perhaps Esther had wounds that needed to be treated; possibly her identity needed true healing. It was a bitter but necessary process, but it could have affected her leadership negatively had this process not been completed. This stage enabled much maturity and character. She was also bathed in myrrh in order to be preserved in the moment when her spirit was being submissive and her will subdued to becoming a queen.

Finally, the story concludes when Esther was sent to search for the king, to live in the palace. She won the confidence of the king and learned how to manage her resources well. Esther became a heroine for her people as she helped them escape ultimate annihilation. Esther was truly a leader who made history.

Liderazgo de Historia

El liderazgo de hoy en día sufre  de un carácter débil y un nivel pobre de ética.

No podemos esconder los grandes escándalos que nivel global se suscitan a diario en todos los ámbitos, moral, económico y espiritual. Nuestro entorno está saturado de líderes con una actitud altiva, avariciosa y egoísta. El profesor Dr. Leonard Sayles graduado de la Universidad MIT, catalogó el liderazgo de los 90’s  y el milenial como uno excesivamente arrogante y codicioso. Nuestra generación microondas, los del aquí y ahora, no comprenden que el obtener las cosas con tanta facilidad puede traer consecuencias nefastas.

Nuestra generación necesita líderes que caminen en el temor de Dios,  conscientes de la responsabilidad a la que ha sido llamados.

Dios conoce muy bien los métodos del éxito y te procesa antes de ascenderte para que tu reinado no sea efímero y liviano. Le interesa tu carácter antes de tu gloria. Dios desea que tu dinastía deje una huella y un legado a las generaciones por venir.

La Biblia, rebosa de modelos y prototipos para la formación de un gran líder. Un buen líder como individuo, en su familia, en su trabajo, en su comunidad, en su iglesia. Es por esto que Dios utilizará cada fase y cada etapa de tu vida para formarte y extraer el líder que reside dentro de ti, sacará la mejor fragancia que cautivará a otros para atraerlos a Cristo.

Quiero que analices conmigo la formación y el carácter exhibido de una gran líder que hizo historia, la gran reina Ester. Una niña huérfana a la que Dios señaló y procesó para que fuera la líder que preservaría a su nación del genocidio. Ester de la obscuridad llegó al palacio. No para ser servida, sino para dar la vida por su pueblo. Pero para poder llegar  a ocupar el trono, algo que quizás nunca imaginó en su vida, tuvo que pasar por fases, eventos, períodos de tiempo en preparación.

Las cosas no sucedieron de la noche a la mañana. Hubo una escuela, una mentoría por parte de su primo y luego del eunuco. Hubo un intercambio de palabras, una asesoría, una serie de consejos, una actitud obediente,  un deseo de aprender, de absorber y aplicar. El lugar que iba a  ocupar requería una voluntad firme,  temple, aguante y sobre todo humildad. Y es que muchas veces se desconoce la historia detrás de la gloria. Esos momentos de angustia, de esfuerzo, sudor y trabajo que a menudo suceden tras bastidores.

Antes de ser reina Ester tuvo que pasar  por la recámara, el mejor lugar del harén. Tuvo que estar a solas para encontrarse primero con Dios y luego con ella. Antes de llegar a la notoriedad tuvo que pasar por el anonimato.  La historia nos cuenta que durante ese período de obscuridad en la recámara, su cuerpo tuvo que ser bañado en aceite de mirra por un período de seis meses. ¿Pero porqué se escogió la mirra? Sabemos del olor aromático de la mirra y que fue uno de los elementos que se le llevó al niño Jesús como regalo en su nacimiento. La mirra es una resina, amarga, contiene muchas propiedades curativas y sirve como un antibiótico para curar las heridas.

Tal vez habían heridas en Ester que tenían que ser tratadas, había un identidad que sanar y una perspectiva por recobrar. Era un proceso amargo pero necesario, sino su liderazgo podría verse afectado más adelante. Esta fase le iba a permitir crecer, madurar y crear el carácter necesario para un reinado balanceado. Esta fase le daría la capacidad de resistir a los asaltos de la vida, de resistir a aquello que iba en contra de sus creencias, de su moral. Por eso estaba siendo bañada en mirra, para ser preservada y conservada para la hora indicada.  Su espíritu se estaba sujetando en ese instante, su voluntad doblegada.

Finalmente, la historia concluye diciendo que a su debido tiempo Ester fue mandada a buscar por el rey, para habitar en el palacio. El momento de gobernar con un claro juicio, le había llegado. Su nobleza y dominio propio le caracterizaba. Se ganó la confianza del rey,  y entendió lo que era una buena administración de recursos. Se convirtió en una heroína pues libró a su pueblo del desastre y los llevó a puerto seguro. Ester fue una líder que hizo historia.

Recuerda que la motivación principal de un líder que hará historia no está basada en la codicia y avaricia, sino en el carácter probado y en la integridad para dejar un legado.

The Art of Forgiving

The message of the cross was clear and obvious, a love without reservation for you and me; a love with no other motivation but to equip us without reservation. In order for this love to be magnified in such magnitude and be transmitted from generation to generation it had to vividly express itself through FORGIVENESS.

[pullquote1 align=”left” variation=”red”]Forgiveness does not come from the outside but comes from within, your inner being; it is the Holy Spirit who operates in you to correct and teach you. [/pullquote1]He will teach you the very truth that Jesus modeled while on Earth, going all the way to the cross so that he may express, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do.”

Let us analyze Jesus’ character; although he was human, he was able to manifest the grace of forgiveness. 1 Peter 2:21-23 “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” (NIV)

* Jesus was compassionate of the offender:
Compassion: Means forcing oneself to the see aggressor as a person, trying to understand what drove them to cause harm. This does not mean that we can feel superior or with the right to judge and find fault, because we would then fall into a vicious cycle. The more you understand the aggressor the easier it will be to forgive.

* Manifested a Humble Spirit:
Humility: It is necessary to remove the pride that acts as a barrier before giving forgiveness. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8 (NIV) Forgiveness is not to say that the offender was right but to say that God is just and will do what is right. “… When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)

* He Surrendered the Offense to His Heavenly Father:
Surrender: When you surrender your inner pain to God; you are surrendering anything you have in your heart against your aggressor.  “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:34 (NIV)

Jesus forgave them, looking beyond their heinous crime to see the ignorance of mindless fear and blind hatred, that drove them to act in a certain way. Jesus looked at the true condition of his enemies and felt compassion for the men that were mere slaves of Rome. We must imitate Jesus; he gave up his right to take revenge and trusted His Father as to what would happen, ” Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.’ When he had said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 23:46 (NIV)

This act of love and forgiveness was so great it divided the history of humanity into “before Christ” and “after Christ.” Likewise, the day in which you accepted Him as your only and exclusive savior, the history of your life also instantaneously changed into a “before” and an “after” that great forgiveness was granted to you. According to how you received, give so that your sins are forgiven. Say this simple prayer with me:

Father in Jesus’ name, your son, I pray in accordance with your word in Matthew 16:12-13, “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (NIV)

Before Adversity; Guaranteed Success

I once read a letter from a friend that said, “Today I felt that everything fell apart in my life and that God forgot about me, I do not like these feelings. Lord, forgive me for feeling that way and I want you to know that I love you. Do not let go because all my faith is in you, because you’re the only one I can trust.”

At some point in life, we have all been on the edge of despair while facing adversity. There are times that, as children of God we feel as if everything is falling apart. However, everything has its time and season, Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (NIV) Your trial has an end and cannot be eternal; everything that happens to you has a time line and cannot extend past the mandate of God. Take up strength, motivation, and courage to face those dark days ahead, always thinking that there is an end and it cannot continue beyond what God allows.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

I invite you to analyze, with me, some of the experiences men of God faced; they faced great adversity but did not faint, and did not judge themselves, but they knew the God whom  they served.

Job fell during a time of despair, in which he began to fight with God, and at times condemning himself by thinking that what happened was a result of his sin, a judgmental or insensitive God. He finally understood that he was in the hands of an all powerful God, who created everything that exists and who with one breath can create and destroy everything. He was able to see that it was not a product of his sin or his humanity, but it was product of a time of trying and processes which were going to promote him to a greater glory. The Bible says: “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

John 9:1-3 registers the story of a blind man who was taken to Jesus; Jesus was asked who had sinned, the man or his parents. I think they wanted to determine what had caused such physical condition. Sometimes the enemy makes us think that difficult situations are the consequences of sin, spiritual stagnation, or a punishment from God. For this reason, we think that God is not with us, we grow far from him, and thus we fall into anxiety which may take us to depression, fear, panic attacks, etc. Due to fear, we believe that God’s anointing is not resting over the situation or control of our life, and so we lose hope, faith in ourselves, and in God as our father, lover, forgiver, and the restorer and all things.

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV.)

It is possible that when complications arrive, while running towards your goal, you may feel like giving up and avoiding the voice of God when it tells you not to faint. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22 (NVI) Persevere, “perseverance” includes the ability in learning how to try again, and remaining firm in the direction that will take you to the fulfillment of your goals.

For this reason, it is of great importance that you remain focus on Him who called you, because He is faithful. Everyday declare what the word of God says, “The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

El Arte De Perdón

El mensaje de la cruz fue un mensaje claro y evidente, de un amor sin reserva por ti y por mí. Un amor sin ningún tipo de motivación que no fuera simplemente de amarnos sin reserva. Pero para que este amor se manifestara a tal magnitud y se pudiera transmitir de generación a generación tuvo que plasmarse en forma vivida mediante la palabra PERDON.

[pullquote1 align=”left” variation=”red”]El perdón es una experiencia totalmente divina, que no nace de nuestra propia naturaleza humana sino de algo mayor que nos impulsa a imitar y aplicar el perdón en todo tiempo y a todos.[/pullquote1]

El perdón no viene del exterior sino viene de ti mismo, de tu ser interior; el Espíritu Santo es quien opera dentro de ti para redargüirte y enseñarte. Él te enseñara esa verdad clara que modeló Jesús estando en la tierra y llegando hasta la cruz para expresar “Padre perdónalos porque no saben lo que hacen”.

Analicemos el carácter de Jesús,  que siendo humano pudo manifestar la gracia del perdón.

1 Pedro 2:21-23 (NBLH) “Porque para este propósito han sido llamados, pues también Cristo sufrió por ustedes, dejándoles ejemplo para que sigan sus pasos, él cual no cometió pecado, ni engaño alguno se halló en su boca;  y quien cuando Lo ultrajaban, no respondía ultrajando. Cuando padecía, no amenazaba, sino que se encomendaba a Aquél que juzga con justicia.”

1. Jesús se compadeció del ofensor.
Compasión: Significa esforzarse para ver al agresor como un ser humano, tratar de comprender lo que le llevó a causar daño. Esto no significa sentirse superior y con derecho a juzgar y culpar porque sería caer en un círculo vicioso. Cuanto más entiendas al agresor, tanto más fácil se te hará perdonar.

2. Manifestó un Espíritu de Humildad:
Humildad: Es necesario eliminar el orgullo que actúa como una barrera antes de ceder el perdón. Filipenses 2:8 “…y estando en la condición de hombre, se humilló a sí mismo, haciéndose obediente hasta la muerte, y muerte de cruz.”
El perdonar no es decir que el ofensor tenía razón sino es afirmar que Dios es justo y hará lo que es justo. “…sino que se encomendaba a Aquél que juzga con justicia.” 1Pedro 2:23

3. El entregó la ofensa a su Padre Celestial
Rendimiento: Cuando le entregas tu dolor interior a Dios, le estas rindiendo cualquier cosa que tengas en tu corazón en contra de tu agresor. “Y Jesús decía: Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen.” Lucas 23:34

Jesús los perdonó mirando mas allá de su atroz crimen para ver la ignorancia del irreflexivo temor y odio ciego que los llevaba actuar de cierta manera. Jesús miró la verdadera condición de sus enemigos y sintió compasión de unos hombres que solo eran unos pobres esclavos de Roma. Debemos imitar a Jesús, él entrego su derecho a vengarse y confió en su Padre en cuanto a lo que sucedería, “Entonces Jesús, clamando a gran voz, dijo: Padre, en tus manos encomiendo mi espíritu. Y habiendo dicho esto, expiró.” Lucas 23:46 Qué acto de amor y perdón más grande, que dividió la historia de la humanidad en un antes y un después de Cristo. Igualmente el día en que le aceptaste como tu único y exclusivo salvador, también la historia de tu vida cambio instantáneamente en un antes y un después de ese perdón tan grande que te fue otorgado. Conforme a como recibiste, da para que tus pecados te sean perdonados. Haz conmigo esta sencilla oración:

Padre en el nombre de Jesús tu hijo, oro de acuerdo a tu palabra según Mateo 6:12-13 “Y perdónanos nuestras deudas, como también nosotros perdonamos a nuestros deudores. Y no nos metas en tentación, mas líbranos del mal; porque tuyo es el reino, y el poder, y la gloria, por todos los siglos. Y reconociendo y practicando esta verdad sobre mi agresor hoy, adquiero la promesa: “Porque si perdonáis a los hombres sus ofensas, os perdonará también a vosotros vuestro Padre celestial. Amén.

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