I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted. (Isa. 6:1)

Nothing compares to time spent in the presence of a master in his or her field. A singer auditions for a television show, hoping to learn from industry stars. A medical student shadows top surgeons. An apprentice trains under an expert electrician. In addition to seeing proper technique modeled and practicing it under close supervision, learners gain something invaluable from the masters at their craft. They absorb the mindset and heart necessary to become a leader in their field.

This model holds true in God’s kingdom, too. God called Isaiah to bring His people a new message. The task required strength, confidence, finesse, and wisdom. So first, Isaiah spent time in the Master’s presence. He was humbled and saw how insufficient he was for the task. Yet he also discovered the heart and mindset of the one who would help him accomplish all he was called to do.

God invites all of us to kingdom leadership, though our specific roles may differ. Like Isaiah, none of us, in and of ourselves, are up to the task. We must spend time in the Master’s presence. We must allow Him to show us who we are in light of who He is. We must follow His lead as an apprentice follows His master. Only then will we mirror His heart and mindset. Only then, will our leadership be its best for His kingdom.

List seven ways you can spend time in God’s presence this week.

Diane Gardner lives in the San Francisco Bay area, where she is a writer and freelance editor; leads Bible studies; and enjoys reading, traveling, street fairs, and live theater.

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