WEDNESDAY’S WORD- STRATEGY – Sadell Bradley New Life Covenant Cincinnati 03/25/15

Sadell Bradley

Sadell Bradley

Strategya plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim; the art of planning and directing military operations and movements in a war or battle. From the Greek strategia ‘generalship.’ “Leaders establish a vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there.” John P. Kotter Professor of Leadership, Harvard Business School

Every great leader has a strategic aim. Chess players out think opponents to  “checkmate.” Coaches design plays for a big WIN. Entertainment executives gain the loyalty of their desired demographic for ratings.  Commander’s strategize for leverage, power, and to win wars should they ensue. Jesus also has a strategy: to fill the world with disciples who will love, teach and establish His Kingdom rule on the earth.   In order to fulfill His strategy, our Lord needed followers who would understood the overall aim – to increase His government and peace in the world. Isa. 9:7 They had to reckon with whether they were prepared to pay a price for a strategic aim that would affect their personal comfort, relationships, possessions, and might cost their lives! Luke 14:25-33:

25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison-your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters-yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.

Jesus admonished them to think things through befor
e signing up to be His  followers.  It would be shameful for them to begin with the Master in excitement, but then quit on the mission once things got hard – which He promised they would. I’ve often wished we would tell people what they were signing up for when they came to ‘join church’ – I’m not sure how mega they would be…

 28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.Whatever endeavor you are pursuing (ministry, education, marriage, work, children) FIRST calculate the cost. Invest the time to make a plan and ask yourself  the hard questions. Is it worth it to your life, family and future?  Do you have enough spiritual and natural resources to see it through to the end? If you’ve made a commitment to follow Jesus – the cost is EVERYTHING you own, EVERY relationship you have, and YOUR ENTIRE LIFE.

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Sadell Bradley, Pastor of The Warehouse Church OTR, is a dynamic teacher and worship leader, with over 30 years in ministry in various contexts including: as a conference speaker and trainer, music, worship and arts pastor, providing background vocals for various artists; as a campus missionary, and as a ministry development director.
Sadell’s main desire is to see people saved, healed, delivered and set free by the ministry of Jesus, the Word of God, and presence of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:18)

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