Killing Kryptonite by John Bevere is nothing short of an exhaustive insight into what neutralizes our positive influence in the sphere we have been placed in.
This book has been so timely for me in my pursuit of excellent leadership.
It has always bothered me that as a leader, I can be so passionate about direction yet thoroughly mediocre in producing results.
This very frustration was addressed at the beginning. How can I believe in something so completely but never yield its fruits to its fullest potential? I have placed blame on every external force because I couldn’t truly understand what was the reason in my own life I promoted an outcome I had yet to see.
I want to live in a community where my people lack nothing good and everyone is well taken care of; where peace and justice without the shadow of war or corruption would not just be a habit but a way of life.
Yet the Bible intends this as the outcome of every Christian life. So why have I not seen that in my own life? This book breaks down that frustration exactly. It answers the questions “What neutralizes the power of God from working in my life?”
One major theme throughout Bevere’s exposition is
I D O L A T R Y
Likened to a marriage, it would be unthinkable that should I be married that I would keep side ho’s while expecting the man with whom I promised solitary commitment to be dandy with it. Yet many times I have allowed other gods to infiltrate my life with the excuse that it’s just a fling.
How can I expect God’s standard of power if I don’t embrace His standard of commitment?
An important characteristic of a child of God is going about the Father’s work, obeying the Father’s Word. If there is something/someone in my life whose opinion exceeds that of Christs’ word, who is god?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice
I really had to ask myself, if as a leader I have chosen to be led first by the Holy Spirit, then have I prioritized His voice above all else?
One hard to swallow pill that Bevere addressed in idolatry was
C O V E T O U S N E S S
I do struggle to be content with my status, my finances, my family, my ministry; everything, really. Discontent is me telling God, “I know you are God over me but it’s not good enough. You are not enough, I want more.”
Don’t be greedy. Be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
In idolatry, the voice and instruction of God is reduced to a negotiable, manageable, discussion. Unfortunately, that is unacceptable, that is not how our relationship with God in leadership works.
To me, relinquishing my control over what I think is best for me isn’t to blindly follow God but when I say, “God, YOU lead me in this ministry/work/relationship” I’m saying I effectively give Him my heart undividedly.
So, when He speaks, have I taken it in its entirety, or in parts, advocating only in portions I find easy to follow? Do I fully trust that when I listen to Him, that sphere of influence achieves its utmost potential?
Obedience correlates to God’s lordship over our lives. Our confession of His authority manifests in our choices.
One point, and the one I find the climax of his teaching in, that Bevere slams spot on is
R E P E N T A N C E
I have been in leadership since I was in primary school. Now at 29, I have little or close to no intention of periodically assessing repentance; that is the current ongoing form of salvation. But John here confronts the truth that not only do I forego self-reflection, that eventually leads to devastating consequences like pride. And a prideful leader is one slab you don’t want to step on. A prideful leader leaves no room for improvement or correction thus will fall into a pit far from wisdom.
There is one message for the evangelist; the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord Jesus.
And if as a leader, my life does not show this, what message am I really sending if not one that is short-sighted?
It’s a difficult message because no one likes to be told they are wrong, no one likes to be told what they should and shouldn’t do. There are a lot of teachings in the Bible that are not popular in today’s culture, trend and tolerance.
When push comes to shove it’s a very aggressive approach and in leadership this may be coined at least hateful and at most dictatorial depending on the avenue. Yet, we are encouraged in the Bible to correct those who are claiming to love God yet forsaking His commandments.
That last part got me; not only improving on myself as a leader but taking care of each person under my leadership.
How ready am I to say what is unpopular but good rather than what only sounds good yet leads to ruin? What do we do with the difficult issues?
I have not scratched the surface of what I have learnt but it’s a book that is confrontational and edifying to the body of Christ as a whole.
U N I T Y
How we act as leaders impacts others, this is no small responsibility that we bear.
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.
If you’re looking to turn your world right side up, I highly recommend this book.
A good tree will bear good fruit.
Thinking of: Unabashedly seeking truth.