The early churches of the Bible had one central message, “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”
Our present-day church has (my opinion) a convoluted perspective of the early message. Today’s vision is one of existence near the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs: repentance, necessary for continued physiological existence and mandatory for entrance into the next level of eternity.
- Repent to avoid Hell.
- Repent to “make it” to Heaven.
- Fly or fry.
- Turn or burn.
I believe that Jesus meant something so much greater…
To better translate the phrase, we could say, “Repent, for the Kindom of Heaven is within reach.” This makes the process slightly more aspirational. The end result of repentance is much more than just a fire escape. A changed life is more magical than an iPad, more revolutionary than a John Lennon song, and more than meets the eye.
The Kingdom of Heaven is within reach, and the potential exceeds your wildest dreams…and those with childlike faith may proceed and lead.
This is the secret to any good leadership approach.
One may inspire, but to really gain followers the secret is to impart an aspiration within them to be all that they can achieve and more!