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.
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.
On the surface, we would assume if someone is in a leadership position, they would naturally be proficient. Sadly, this is not always the case.
Leaders need to know their job. Imagine the power of a leader who knows his job responsibilities and allows others to do their job.
Leaders also need to be familiar with the job responsibilities of others. When leaders know the job responsibilities of others and provide accountability, progress is eminent.
From a spiritual perspective, think of sheep with a good shepherd. When everyone knows their role and works to fulfill it, the church functions accordingly.
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.
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.
An obligation is an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment.
While it is impossible to force someone to do anything, we tend to use our skills of persuasion whenever we can to motivate others into action.
When we consider leadership, we need to examine our obligation to Christ and others.
We have tasted the grace of God. We enjoy the gift of salvation. Just the thought carries a moral and spiritual obligation.
Considering our obligation highlights the need to commit ourselves to lead others to heaven.
“Lead is a verb, leader is a noun, and leadership is both.” Not sure who to credit with this thought, but it speaks volumes.
Leadership involves both the person and action.
Leadership speaks to both who we are and what we do.
Leadership requires an effort to develop both the individual and method.
Leadership drives home the necessity of personality and character.
We must keep in mind the development process of making great spiritual leaders. The constant dedication to the act of molding one’s ability to lead helps us become the leadership of God.
What determines success or failure?
Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. It is further identified as the attainment of popularity or profit.
While this is broad, it is also revealing. How often do we consider success only in terms of fame and fortune?
In leadership, we need to remember that true success is defined as…
Remaining true to the course…
Learning from mistakes…
Seeing growth in a positive direction…
Growing the members…
Most may measure success by a profit and loss column, but not in spiritual leadership. True success is measured by God.
As spiritual leaders, we need to love what we do, because the benefits are eternal.
We need to believe and know this is a great work!
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The work is far too valuable and important to do just enough to get by, the minimum.
This is God’s work. Let us love it, live it, and invest our lives into it.
Cal Newton’s book, Deep Work,provides amazing insight into the disruptive nature of distractions to the type of work that matters.
He expressed this thought, “Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not.”
Leaders need to be clear regarding what matters. With this clarity it is possible to eliminate other matters that tend to distract us. Then we can focus on a deeper work critical to the spiritual purpose God desires.
We need extended time without the constant barrage of social media, email, texting, and phone calls. The result is time that allows us to challenge our minds to think more deeply.