The Diplomat: Tribute to Dr. Myles Munroe

 

When the purpose of a thing is unknown, abnormal use is inevitable- Myles Munroe.

 

The Man Myles.
It wouldn’t make too much of a sense for me or anyone to repeat what has been said about a man who emptied himself. Rhetorics as to greatness and profound impact won’t do enough justice to the memory of a leader extraordinaire. Death is truly an ultimate leveler. At the time I received the news of his passing, I was halfway into one of the many hundreds of books he published. Dr. Myles Munroe; the Kingdom preacher lived to his full potential. His legacy transcends the scores of books he wrote, the millions of lives he touched and the very purpose he lived for. His purpose statement was “I exist to transform followers into leaders.” Dr. Munroe placed an emphasis on the Kingdom of God and believed that the whole Bible, along with the message of Jesus, revolves around the kingdom and not a religion. His philosophy was, trapped in every follower is a leader. His belief was, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself.”

 

Why am I here?
In year 1990, Dr. Myles Munroe during a sermon he preached at the Asuza Conference, Tulsa Oklahoma in the United States of America shared the principles of Purpose. In that sermon, Dr. Myles established seven very profound principles behind purpose. The question of purpose is a very fascinating one that lies at the heart of every human being. Every human being and indeed organisations are in the pursuit of meaning and relevance whether or not they are aware. The human experience reveals that accomplishments of every sort never seems to fill the vacuum that is omnipresent. There is an emptiness in every human being that “things” can never fill. Even those who seem to be at the top of their game in their respective careers will tell you how ordinary accomplishments can seem when there is no alignment. The concept of alignment is quite nebulous and least understood but, one thing is true, the true essence of our lives transcends the accomplishments. At the top of Abraham Maslow hierarchy of needs is “Self Actualization”. Here, what gives us the most joy is touching the lives of others. This is perhaps why great men and women of past and present civilization find solace in philanthropy. There is an interesting logic that holds sway in the Abraham Maslow theory of motivation but there is a better proposition. What is this proposition?

 

The Kingdom proposition.
Jesus is the most misunderstood leader that ever lived. Many of his disciples struggled to understand his message. His message was essentially about the Kingdom of God; a supernatural government whose interest extends to cover both heaven and earth. The Kingdom message is not about a religion. It is a political idea predicated on God’s original idea to put man in charge of everything he created. The original agenda of God was that man would rule and reign as a representative. The Church of God is not a religious organisation. Religion is man’s futile attempt to connect back to God. The pursuit of this ideal and the right standing with the King of heaven and earth (God) was the message of Jesus Christ. It was the heartbeat of Dr. Myles Munroe. Many may have known Dr. Myles as a leadership trainer, motivational speaker, teacher and much more but he was for all practical purpose, a witness to the divine mandate of Jehovah. He was like every human being is expected to be, a Diplomat of God’s kingdom.

 

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