Moses was a great Biblical leader. He possessed many qualities we see in other leaders. However, consider these areas.
He started like most of us: He questioned himself and God’s power to use him to lead His people. Not until Moses submitted to God do we find him becoming the leader God needed.
He had flaws: Moses needed patience, and he needed to treat God as holy.
The objective is to learn how God can use us with our flaws and imperfections. If we submit to God, He will make us into the spiritual leaders He needs.
When we look at biblical leaders, several come to mind. What about Noah stands out that classifies him as a leader?
Character: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.”
Ability to follow: Genesis emphasizes that Noah did all the Lord commanded. Noah followed God.
Fortitude: Noah was a preacher of righteousness. His tenure was 120 years during the building of the ark. Leaders must stand on what is right, even if they must stand alone.
More could be said, but these three areas show Noah to be an example of a great Biblical leader.
To improve is to make someone or something better.
Athletes practice daily to improve their skills. Professionally, people take continuing education classes to improve their abilities. Religiously, we renew ourselves daily because it improves our ability to fulfill God’s will in our lives.
As leaders, we improve ourselves by improving others.
We improve others when we:
…share the hope found in Christ,
…point to the reward of heaven, and
…teach application in word and action.
Everyone needs to improve. The challenge is learning that the greatest way to improve ourselves is by improving the life of others. Think Souls!
Leaders must not think small. Leaders must think big!
William Arthur Ward once said, “Nothing limits achievement like small thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like unleashed thinking.”
Small thinking overlooks opportunities.
Small thinking shackles the abilities of others.
Small thinking creates an “impossibility” mindset.
Small thinking places limitations on God.
If the church is to see the power of God at work through her to accomplish His will, we must stop thinking small. God needs leaders who think and plan big, work incessantly, and trust God to empower and deliver.
Styles of leadership are numerous, one of which is transformational leadership. The idea is leadership that transforms the people around them, shaping the direction of the future.
Transformational leadership characterizes leaders who have integrity and exemplify consistency in their example. They encourage, support, and help followers look beyond their own self-interests and focus on the good of the team.
Of all leadership styles, this one connects to the heart of spiritual leadership.
Are we transforming others to live closer to God?
Are we striving to transform the lives of others by the character we demonstrate?
Christianity is a learned, taught system. This duplication process is how Christianity grows.
The same is true for leaders, especially spiritual leaders.
John Maxwell calls this the Law of Reproduction. He says, “If you want to grow, lead followers. If you want to multiply, lead leaders.”
Are we planning, grooming, and mentoring someone to lead when we are gone?
Too often we find a lack of qualified men to lead God’s people. Why? There are several reasons, but one falls on the need for leaders to reproduce themselves. Let us rise up and change the future by preparing others to lead.
The idea of generosity is characterized by this thought: The greatest Giver (God), with the greatest motive (love) giving the greatest gift (His only Son) for the greatest need (our sin).
Leaders should exemplify generosity. The value of generosity is witnessed in the example of God.
Leadership is built on giving.
What best suits our giving? Do we give what is left over, easy and convenient, or is our generosity suited by giving our best?
Today is the first day of the rest of our life. Now is the acceptable time.
It is time…
It is time for leaders to stand up and lead.
It is time to be men and women of God.
It is time to fulfill our role and responsibility in the home.
It is time for Christians to speak up about their faith.
All we have is right now, and it is time. Do not waste what God has given us. Take advantage of the time we are given and begin now!
It is time to make a difference.
This statement deals with more than just “seeing” God. What exactly is involved? Consider a little background.
We must consider where we have been. Consider the past year. What mistakes were made? What successes were enjoyed? Was God part of the equation?
We must also consider where we are right now. Are we where we need to be at this time? Will this place provide a basis for where we need to go? Is God part of the equation?
Now we can formulate plans on where to go from here. Seeing God’s part in our past and present allows us to see His hand in our future.
If God is not part of the equation, we do not have a clear vision!
When businesses host a “Customer Appreciation Day,” they offer special pricing to express their gratitude to customers.
Appreciation is best summed up in the depth of our gratitude. Cicero claimed; “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” (Cicero, ‘Pro Plancio,’ 54 B.C.)
When was the last time we expressed gratitude?
What actions or qualities move us to be thankful?
How often do we express our gratitude?
Have we considered why we are thankful?
Let us express gratitude for the physical and spiritual ways God has blessed our lives. To Him be the glory.