Philippians 2:12-13 states, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” There’s a subtle phrase in this passage that unlocks an aspect of Kingdom living that is easily overlooked. Paul states grace based obedience catalyzes because of his involvement; however, that rhythm of obedience is grown and developed because of his absence. Paradigm shift!

I realize more and more how easy it is to stifle and stunt someones growth because I am too involved in their process of development. In the Kingdom getting out-of-the-way is what allows the leaven of heaven to transform someone from the inside out. So what does it look like to be a catalyst in someone’s life?

Catalytic leadership is fueled by great questions causing the recipient to interact with God and develop customizable solutions for Kingdom impact. When a person develops their own strategic plans and implements those plans by the grace of God, the sky is the limit in terms of transformation. Our job as leaders and coaches is to walk beside people and encourage walking out what God has personally shown them.

Also, Paul is not advocating for absenteeism in someone’s life. He offers a new perspective to transition to an ‘as-needed’ mentor. Now, his disciples learn to own their relationship with God and the calling on their life, and no longer coast off a mentor’s passion and vision. If needed, I encourage you to ask a different set of questions with those you mentor and help them discover the steps to take into the future. You might see desire awaken and no longer need external motivation to maintain forward progress. Let’s experiment and learn together!

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