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Dominion By Service: How To Serve Your Way to Leadership

By Gboyega Adedeji       Apr 14, 2014

Dominion By Service: How To Serve Your Way to Leadership

In our world today, the matter of dominion is no longer a news; although, the reality of its influence is both a widespread nightmare and mirage. I meant that, despite the common knowledge of dominion, many are still vague about its true implications; and many are oppressed by its effect from the few. And apparently, the inhabitants of the earth (irrespective of the location – New York, England, Berlin, Lagos, Enugu, etc.) are under some form of economic, political, social, technological and even religious oppressions.

Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, both you and your son, and your grandson also; for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian."

 But Gideon said to them, "I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you."

Judges 8:22-23

 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all* the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

Genesis 1:26

   Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Genesis 2:15

And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.   Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.   And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave —   just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

Matthew 20:24-28 

And unfortunately, whenever men are subjugated by other men in servitude against their will; they usually seek for way out in everything, except from the true source of help. Painfully, men have suddenly forgotten that their current realities were never there from the beginning; and there is an urgent need for a realignment of the realities of their lives, societies and countries, with the perfect blueprint of the LORD of the universe – the One who founded all things.

I happen to know that all government agencies, parastatals and commissions are products of the acts of the parliaments of such countries. And in spite their enormous power and influence in their nations; they were all established by the acts of the parliaments – from the CIA of United States to EFCC of Nigeria. And that tells me that size and power of government agencies and parastatals notwithstanding; everyone of them were founded and established by the acts of the parliaments (Congresses).

What then is an act of the parliament? In Britain, a change in the law originating in Parliament is called a statute (bill or act). Before an act receives the royal assent and becomes a law, it is a bill. The point is this: the government agencies, commissions or embassies that we see all around us today, that weird so much power that they sometimes oppress and intimidate the people; did not actually began like that and neither were they established or made for the purpose of oppressing (“pressing the heads of”) the people – but to serve the people! The truth is, they were all made by the royal proclamation or presidential assent to the recommendations of the parliament. That is, government agencies and institutions were never founded by bricks and iron; but by the word! And they were never made for the oppression of men; but to serve men! And that is why the people that work within them are usually called Public or Civil Servants: For the mandate for their relevance was service!

According to Genesis 1:26 above, the acts (words) of Parliament (of the Kingdom of heaven), which led to the establishment of the agency of the Kingdom of heaven on the earth, was “dominion”. And the major function of the agency according to Genesis 2:15, was to tend and to keep the portion of the earth under his care. That agency that was founded and established by the words of the Kingdom of heaven and approved by the King was man – and just like the agencies on the earth today (like FBI, CIA, NAFDAC, Nigeria Customs Service, INEC, etc.); that agency called man (Adam) was given power to fulfill its mandates. Please note, the dominion given to man was never his assignment; but the needed authority to carry out his responsibilities as an agency of the Kingdom of heaven on the earth.

But as it is said, when the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is unavoidable; most agencies of governments today have lost touch of the purpose of their power and authority – and thus, instead of using their authority and power for its purpose, they use their power to oppress the people they were created and established to serve. Man, like other agencies of men today, have lost touch of the purpose of his dominion; and instead of serving with it, man keeps oppressing!

According to Genesis 2;15, the man (who is the father of all men on the earth today – race and location notwithstanding) was put (planted or established) by God in the Garden of Eden to tend and to keep it. Please, do not be mistaken, your dominion, given to man by God, lost by Adam in Genesis 3; but recovered by Jesus Christ (Romans 6) and restored to the children of men; is never the main purpose of your creation and establishment: for your life is more bigger than the authority and power you possess in Christ Jesus; to include the work or assignment that is allotted to you.

May I state very strongly here, you were not created and established on this earth to have dominion; but to serve! However, no man can serve his or her generation by the will of God (just like King David –Acts 13:36) without his or her dominion intact.

According to Matthew 20:24-28, most men love power and they love to use their given power to oppress the people; but for you, you were destined to use your power to serve your generation by the will of God. And that tells me that the issue of your dominion is never a matter of “if”; but “when”!

Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him (Jesus), saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom (dominion) to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times and seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me (Jesus) in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1:6-8

May I freely say to you Sir/Ma, your sizescope and style of leadership notwithstanding; you need dominion to be effective in it. And you must never miss this, that the power given or to be given to you by God is not for you to be press the heads of people (lording it over them); but to serve them (help them)!

A notable man once noted that the true test of a man’s character is power! And may I say that the One who founded you as His agency on the earth in that family, team, organization, city, country or generation, will never add to your power until He has been satisfied by your faithfulness with the little He gave you. And although men rewards goodness in men mostly; God preoccupies Himself with the faithfulness of men!

Please keep this! Your current level of influence in your family, church, organization, department, industry, school, and nation is only a test of your faithfulness: For whom you are, is nothing compared to who you were predestined to be; and where you are, is nothing compared to where you are supposed to be.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to

be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Romans 8:18

Friend, your current leadership is too small to become a lid – beyond which you cannot climb! More than all syou can see in your leadership is meant for you by the Government of heaven that promulgated you into existence! There is more heights to climb! And you’ve got more bridges to cross; hence, keep your character and cross safe! Do not use your dominion to bring tears out of the eyes of your people; rather, use it to meet their spoken and unspoken needs. Make a commitment now to be faithful to the Government that created you – the source of your power for relevance on the earth!

Let me quickly state that everyman’s dominion is always in relation and proportion to his or her garden of responsibility: For God will never restore your dominion for fun; but for function. And the only means by which every man’s dominion on this earth can be restored is through salvation, which is by faith!

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Acts 4:12

Although, this may be a bit hard; however, it is the truth! The power that men most seek after in this world is only authentically available when men are saved; and the only name through which men must be saved is JESUS: …For He save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)

Friend, there is no real profit in serving one’s generation with tremendous power on the earth; and ending one’s life in vanity, emptiness and shame now and in the world to come. Why not therefore reposition yourself for true service for generation by the dominion that Jesus Christ has recovered for all? Why not rededicate your life and the gift of power from Jesus Christ for the purpose of Christ in your neighbourhood and community? Why not accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, that He may help you to serve your family, organization, nation and generation most effectively and profitably? Why not say this word of faithwith me now?

Lord Jesus, I confess you as my Lord and Saviour; I acknowledge that you were sent by God to recover my dominion and restore it back to me. I am sorry for my past unbelief in ignorance. Please, save me from my sins and translate me into your everlasting Kingdom.

Help me to serve my generation by your will all the days of my life; and make my leadership effective on the earth. Amen!

Congratulations friend, I honestly love your courage and faith; and I can’t wait to hear or read your testimony! And please, continue to tend and to keep whatever garden of life that God has planted or is planting you; For your dominion is actually for service!


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