LISTEN: The Leader’s Challenge, Part 7 (Leadership That Gets the Job Done #7 with Daniel Whyte III)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Our Bible verse for this episode is John 13:13-15 which says, “Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.”

Our quote for this episode is from Robert Louis Stevenson. He said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text, Spiritual Leadership: Moving People On To God’s Agenda by Henry and Richard Blackaby.

Our topic today is part 7 of “Chapter 1: The Leader’s Challenge”, where we look at the challenge of technology.

— God or King?

The willingness of God’s people to barter their spiritual birthright to gain the supposed benefits of contemporary secular thinking is not unique to this generation. Centuries ago when Israel was a small, insignificant nation consisting of twelve loose-knit tribes surrounded by international superpowers, the people had Samuel as their spiritual guide and God as their king. But as Samuel grew old, his ungodly sons abused their leadership positions. The Israelites compared themselves to neighboring nations and envied their powerful armies, magnificent cities, and the glory of their monarchies. Rather than trusting God to win their battles, direct their economy, and establish laws for their land, the Hebrew people aspired to be like other nations with a king. They took their request to Samuel. In response Samuel gave them God’s appraisal of where this pursuit for a king would lead them.

“Samuel told all the LORD’s words to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, “These are the rights of the king who will rule over you: He will take your sons and put them to his use in his chariots, on his horses, or running in front of his chariots. He can appoint them for his use as commanders of thousands or commanders of fifties, to plow his ground or reap his harvest, or to make his weapons of war or the equipment for his chariots. He can take your daughters to become perfumers, cooks, and bakers. He can take your best fields, vineyards, and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He can take a tenth of your grain and your vineyards and give them to his officials and servants. He can take your male servants, your female servants, your best young men, and your donkeys and use them for his work. He can take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves can become his servants. When that day comes, you will cry out because of the king you’ve chosen for yourselves, but the LORD won’t answer you on that day. The people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We must have a king over us. Then we’ll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, and fight our battles.” Samuel listened to all the people’s words and then repeated them to the LORD. “Listen to them,” the LORD told Samuel. “Appoint a king for them.” Then Samuel told the men of Israel, “Each of you, go back to your city.””

The world measured a kingdom’s success by its grand palaces and magnificent armies. The glittering trappings of such monarchies dazzled the Israelites. But citizenship in such a kingdom came with a stiff price. Sustaining a monarchy required oppressive taxes from its citizens. The Israelites wanted a royal army, but such a luxury would demand heavier taxation as well as a draft of Israelite citizens into the king’s service. A monarchy could not function without a legion of servants. God could not have been any more forthcoming about the consequences of choosing worldly leadership over divine guidance. Yet the Israelites stubbornly persisted in their desire to be like everyone else, so God granted them a perfect specimen of a worldly leader. Saul was handsome and physically impressive, yet he was insecure and vain. He was decisive, sometimes making on-the-spot pronouncements—many of which had to be rescinded later because they were foolhardy. He was a passionate man, but he was also prone to violent temper tantrums. Saul was a hands-on general who spent much of his time chasing after his own citizens. The Israelites clamored for a leader who would lead them by worldly principles. God gave them one, and the results were disastrous.

What went wrong? The problem was that the Israelites assumed that spiritual concerns such as righteous living and obedience to God belonged in the religious realm while the “practical” issues of doing battle with enemies, strengthening the economy, and unifying the country were secular matters. They forgot that God gave them their military victories, brought them prosperity, and created their nation. God was just as present on the battlefield as he was in the worship service. When the Israelites separated spiritual concerns from political and economic issues, their nation was brought to its knees.

Applying spiritual principles to business and political issues doesn’t call for pastors to serve as military generals, nor does it require seminary professors to run the economy. God created people as spiritual beings. Every person, Christian and non-Christian alike, has spiritual concerns. God can use his servants in the marketplace to address those needs. God is also the author of human relationships. He has established laws concerning human interaction that have not changed with the passing of time. Violating God-ordained relationship principles in the workplace invites disaster. Jesus Christ is the Lord of all believers whether they are at church or at work. The kingdom of God is, in fact, the rule of God in every area of life, including the church, home, government, workplace, and neighborhood. To ignore these truths when entering the business world or political arena is to do so at one’s peril.

Society’s problem is not that it lacks aspirants for leadership offices. Society’s great deficit is that it is woefully in need of people from all walks of life who understand how to be spiritual leaders. People who “get things done” are not enough. Adolph Hitler did that. The world needs professionals who know how to apply their faith in the boardroom, in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in the operating room. Jesus summed up this truth for every executive, politician, schoolteacher, lawyer, doctor, minister, and parent when he said: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.”

Mike, the young CEO introduced at the beginning of this chapter, struggled to understand how to remain true to his Christian beliefs and still be effective in the business world. The truth, as Mike was discovering, is that one’s calling as a Christian not only takes precedence over a career; it gives it direction. Moreover, a Christian’s calling provides meaning and purpose to every area of life. Is it possible to seek God’s kingdom first while succeeding in business or politics? Growing numbers of Christian leaders are proving it is. Books such as “Loving Monday” by John Beckett, “It Is Easier to Succeed Than to Fail” by Truett Cathy of Chick-fil-A, “From the Shop Floor to the Top Floor: Releasing the CEO Within” by Wes Cantrell, and “Character Is the Issue: How People with Integrity Can Revolutionize America” by former governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas provide examples of Christians who have incorporated their Christianity into their business and politics. The business world has recognized these leaders and rewarded them for their efforts. The world sorely lacks political and business leaders who are steered by the Holy Spirit and not from the latest public opinion poll. Society is weary of those whose personal agendas push aside God’s standards. Families crave husbands and wives, mothers and fathers who know how to apply biblical promises in their homes rather than bewildered men and women stumbling through the self-help section at the local bookstore.

If the Lord tarries His Coming and we live, we will continue this topic in our next podcast.

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— PRAYER —

Ultimately, if the job is not done, goals are not reached, and the team does not win, then the leader is not doing his job well, because, as Dr. Lee Robinson or John Maxwell said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” The simple purpose of this podcast is to help those who are called to the ministry define what leadership is and how they can effectively lead others to do great things for the glory of God in the world. As the father of modern missions, William Carey said, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.