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!
It goes without saying that leaders must make sound and timely decisions. There are two key elements we need to develop with this thought.
The first is the idea of sound decisions. From a spiritual leadership perspective, the soundness of one’s decisions is based on a biblical compass.
The second involves the word timely. An impatient, or even impetuous, approach to decision-making can create more difficulty in our leadership. Learning God’s timing helps us greatly.
We build credibility when decisions are made on this basis.
When we examine our day to day activities we need to ask, “How well do we lead ourselves?”
Thomas J. Watson Sr. said, “Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.”
Have we established specific plans for the year ahead?
Are we disciplined enough to finish each day, and finish strong?
We all influence others. We are leaders.
Now is the time to understand the power of our influence to lead others, but begin with the proper application of leading self.
We have all heard someone say, or perhaps said ourselves, “Just a second.” Usually, we use this phrase when we are busy and someone else (generally our children) want our attention.
The value of time is priceless.
For adults, all we know and comprehend is time. The value we place on it is generally based on what we can earn in a space of time.
However, a time is coming when time will no longer exist. We need to understand that how we use our time now determines our eternity.
Make the most of time…Think Souls!
In both English and Greek definitions, the word devoted has similarities, but there is a powerful difference.
The English speaks of love and loyalty, but the Greek involves “insisting on staying close to someone or something.”
Spiritually, devoted leaders insist on staying close to the following.
People: They learn the needs of the people and help guide them to heaven.
Plan: The plan is the map. Leaders must not deviate from it, or the goal is unreachable.
Lord: Leaders know the true source of their strength is not themselves, but the Lord.
Through a leader’s devotion, a foundation is laid to great achievement.
Leadership involves responsibility. The claim of many is that the greater the responsibility, the fewer the rights.
We live in a culture where taking responsibility is not a common practice. We could say we live in a culture where the common practice is one of blaming others. Not much has changed since the beginning.
However, quality leaders seek responsibility and take responsibility for their actions.
Leaders give credit to the team when there is victory, but take full responsibility when there is a defeat.
Rarely do we find such integrity and leadership. Yet, when we do, influence abounds. The result? People follow!
What do we look for in others?
If we look for the worst, we find it quickly. The same is true when we look for the best.
Although the author is unknown, it has been said, “If you want to get the best out of someone – you must look for the best that is in them.”
How will we answer the question above?
Consider two key thoughts.
Humility. The way we look at ourselves affects the way we look at others.
Compassion. When the distress of others touches our heart to act with mercy, we see through the eyes of Jesus.