As God carries out His plans on earth through us. There those who He chooses to lead in different capacity. There are different kinds of leadership styles and they are seen through the character of those who are in these positions. Some leaders characters are not known until they get into position, but there are always some form of evidence that shows who they might become. The interest they take, the things they do, the gifts and talent being portrayed and when they seek to ease the burden of the leaders they are associated with. On the flip side we sometimes become surprised and think that people have change from being good when they come into leadership, but it is the hidden character of selfishness and pride that is now exposed.
When God called Abraham he already had leadership skill as he was father of multitudes but God was ready to empower him and make him father of many nations. Abraham wasn’t the type of leader express himself as the boss ‘around here’ he just seek to obey God. He was the type of leader that wanted to have a peaceful surrounding. When there was strife between Abraham’s herdsmen and the herdsmen of his nephew Lot, Abraham spoke to Lot in a gentle and meek manner. In Genesis 13: 8 “And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren“ Abraham could have said I am the one that carry you with me, I am the one that God is talking to but he chose to be humble.
When Moses was called into leadership, he was already poised to become the next Pharaoh of Egypt but God had a perfect plan for his life. When God began talking to him about his purpose Moses began to express his limitation. Moses had already express his dominance in leadership when he defended the injustice by killing an Egyptian and later he spoke to the two Hebrew who strove against each other. Moses now becoming a leader to deliver God’s people was a huge task. As great leaders take wise advice, Moses father-in-law saw that what Moses was doing wasn’t good for him. His father-in-law advised him to to commit other leader to the task because it was too much for him. Moses with respect obeyed his father-in-law and delegated task by giving others certain responsibility. When Moses came under pressure by the people, Moses would seek God for answers. He was the kind of leader who interceded for the people when God would have wiped them out. The ungrateful acts of the people caused Moses to become angry at times. Moses was a leader that trained others to become leader. Moses was not selfish with the power given to him, he obeyed God instruction when God wanted to take the power off Moses and place it on the seventy elders. Moses could become fearful and have mistrust but he obeyed God and in this all the leaders receive the power and Moses didn’t lose any power (such wonderful mystery). Moses also trained Joshua and guided him to be sensitive to what was going on among the people.
Many leaders destroy themselves when they allow their position to get to them as they try to be lord over God’s’ people, The two characters above Abraham and Moses, they were always seeking God for instruction and directions. When humility is not included in our humanity we will certainly self-destruct. In Acts 12: 21-23 “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. 22 And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. 23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost” Here we see a king in his pride took the glory for what has done and god decided to destroy him. The biggest mistake was what the people say and he didn’t reject their words or correct them when the power to do so. Barnabas and Paul was used by God to heal an impotent man who was crippled from his mother’s womb. When the people saw what was done Acts 14: 11 “They said the gods are come down to us in the likeness of men” When Paul and Barnabas heard, the Bible said in Acts 14: 14- 15 “Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” Paul and Barnabas as leader who received the power at Pentecost and commissioned to bring the gospel were careful not to take the glory which due to God alone.
David was chosen by God to be king of Israel and God had given His word concerning David. In Acts 13: 22 “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will. After David was anointed to be king he went back to take care of his father’s sheep he wasn’t lift up in pride. He had acre caring shepherd’s heart. He could have reject taking care of the sheep knowing that he was next in line to be king. David went through battles because the one he would replace wanted to kill him. David had to humble himself and allow God to deal with king Saul. The trials of David even enhanced his qualification to become a good leader of Israel. David took responsibility when Israel sinned against God and offered sacrifice. Like any good leader in an organization who would go to the source of good information to direct their staff in the right direction, David was always ready to inquire from God what steps to take. David never lose a battle when he seek God for direction.
AS GOD CHOSEN LEADERS IN THE RESPECTIVE POSITION IN THE BODY OF CHRIST: May the leader in us rise up in grace, humility and obedience to the living God. May our eyes be centered on Jesus Christ, the true source of direction because He is the way the truth and the life May we lead with meekness in the fear of God. May integrity and uprightness preserve us (Psalm 25: 21) May our lives pattern what a good leader should be. May our lives motivate those who follow and those to be leaders