• Nathan

Do You Have the Design of a Ruler?

“Let’s break this down and get the tasks delegated.”

“That’s good, but I think we could make it bigger and better.”

“Let’s give this person this job, and that person that job. I think they will do well in those roles.”

Welcome to the mind of a ruler.

The ruler understands administration, and they are designed for freedom. They have the ability to look at structures and teams. They are designed to build life-giving systems so people can do and be their best.

The ruler can take a vision, break it down into its parts, and delegate tasks. They thrive under pressure, and pressure those under their authority. They are in control of their time, and they don’t consider themselves needy. They have a strong pull toward empire building, and they can withstand strong opposition when accomplishing their goals. They always need to be doing something, and even in retirement they will either find a way to stay busy, or decline quickly.

The sign of a mature ruler is someone who shares responsibility and leadership. They don’t push people beyond their limits. They have high moral authority and they are life giving to other people.

The sign of a carnal or immature ruler is someone who doesn’t know how to let up in work, life, or ministry. They lead by control, and are so focused on goals and output they neglect to care for people. They are always looking for more to do, and they apply pressure without moderation. They may be loose with morals if the ends justify the means. They struggle to receive correction. Finally, because they are so skilled in the natural realm, they fall short in knowing God. They choose their own agenda rather than His.

The lie that Satan wants the ruler to believe is this: “I am legitimate when I have power or authority over others.”

The birthright of the ruler is to go beyond obedience, and live in freedom and holiness with God.

Examples of rulers in the Bible include:

Nehemiah in Nehemiah 2:17-20

Notice that Nehemiah was charged with rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem. He broke down the vision into chunks, delegated the tasks, oversaw the work, and continued despite strong opposition until the job was done.

Boaz in Ruth 3:6-13

Notice how Boaz had a goal in mind: marry Ruth. But rather than whisking her away, he went through the proper protocols and was careful to ensure the marriage would be legal and binding. Vintage ruler.

If you are a ruler here is a prayer tailored to your gifting:

Dear God, thank you for giving me the design of a ruler. You made me love order because You love order. You established laws in nature, in human relations, and in heaven. You didn’t make those laws to control us, but so that we can enjoy freedom and security at the same time.

Father, I repent for trying to control people or situations instead of trusting You. I repent for trying to please You by working for You instead of with You.

I pray that You would show me how to be life-giving to people, and build at the same time.

Most importantly, I pray that You show me how to go beyond obeying Your laws, and enjoy living in the freedom those laws were meant to provide.



This teaching on the redemptive gifts is in no way my own. I rely heavily on the extensive work of Arthur Burk.

If you would like to dive deeper, this teaching series is a great place to start.

Do you think you have the design of a ruler? Leave a comment below.