10 LEADERSHIP KEYS FROM EXODUS 32
I am by no means a leadership guru, but between my studies on leadership, service in various leadership capacities, and experiences working closely with leaders in the corporate world and in the Body of Christ, I have a fairly good understanding of what leadership entails and it is not an easy matter, nor one to be taken lightly.
While leadership is a good thing and is undeniably a place of power and authority and in many instances of prestige, privileges, accolades, and monetary gain, it is also a place of service and even more so of awesome responsibility because of the powerful level of influence on the lives of others that comes with the office of a leader.
If you are a leader, whether or not you recognize or accept it, simply because of the nature of your position, you have the inherent ability to powerfully influence the lives of those under your sphere of leadership and you will be held accountable by God for the way you choose to use that influence to affect the lives of others.
To me, the level of responsibility and accountability that comes with being a leader is very sobering, especially when it comes to the prospect of leadership in the Body of Christ, God’s own people.
In light of this, it absolutely amazes me when persons clamor and jockey for positions of leadership in the church. I once asked a seasoned pastor why he thinks this occurs and his response was, “Kim, they simply do not know what they are asking for. Anyone who really understands leadership in the church will want to run away from it instead of running to it!”
Fellow Kingdom Ambassador/Believer, please note that while leadership is good, honorable and even desirable, it is not something to take lightly or assume without being called to it and understanding the heavy responsibility and accountability that it entails.
Okay, enough musings on leadership. It was certainly not my intention to begin this post with all the above, but I believe it flowed in this direction because someone needs to lay hold of these truths.
The following are 10 leadership keys drawn from reading Exodus Chapter 32.
Whether you are a leader at home, church, work, school, in the community or recreationally, I pray that they will empower, encourage and strengthen you.
Whenever you do not know God’s direction and/or sense His presence, resist the temptation to turn to a substitute god to meet or fulfill your needs.
No matter how long it takes, it is best to discipline yourself and wait on the Lord until He manifests Himself and addresses your situation in His way and His time.
Be careful not to buckle under the pressure, demands and/or desires of the people who you lead, especially when these pressures, demands and/or desires are contrary to the Word of God, or to the mission, vision, or direction that God has already spoken to you.
Never underestimate the powerful force of self-preservation.
Even Aaron, the High Priest succumbed to the pull of self-preservation and lied about his poor leadership choices in an attempt to “save face” and escape being held accountable for his actions.
Make a decision to stand on the Lord’s side then purpose to operate from and be guided by that side/position, no matter what situation you face.
Know that from time-to-time, proof of your side/position will demand going against or even separation from those closest to you.
This may seem “costly” but is always worth it.
Be ready to intercede for those under your authority even when they willfully sin.
A part of the mantle of leadership is to function as an intercessor for those whom you lead.
Remember that God is a righteous judge and so even though you may stand in the gap for those whom you lead, every person will ultimately give an account and pay the price for his/her own sin.
Be ready to make hard decisions and bring order in the midst of chaos, even if it means becoming unpopular.
Beware of being a people-pleaser.
A desire to please people often leads to compromise, sin and destruction.
Saul’s desire to please people and not God cost him the kingdom (1 Samuel 15).
Moses’ desire to please God and not people led to the restoration of order and re-alignment with purpose.
Major disruption or interruption does not necessitate or justify abandonment or abortion of purpose.
In spite of the evil hat had occurred, God still told Moses to lead the people to the place that He had originally promised them they were going, i.e., to the land flowing with milk and honey.
No matter what happens, God’s purposes must come to pass.
These leadership keys have been a blessing to me; I hope they have been a blessing to you too.
Remember, in the Kingdom of God, it is not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord that things are accomplished.
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