David said, I was glad when they said unto me “Let us go into the house of the Lord”. I have just graduated from Victorious Disciples One to One Mentoring (Part IV) at my church, St. John Church. The graduation ceremony was beautiful. Men and women graduated from all 4 parts of this wonderful discipleship program created by our First Lady. I was assigned a mentor for one year and it has been an awesome thing. We prayed, cried, laughed, talked and ate together and have created a lifelong bond. While we have been praying together each night God has been showing me myself. As much as I would like to say that He has been showing me all of the wonderful things about myself that is not true.He has been showing me some things that He is not pleased with. He is showing me weaknesses and shortcomings, too. Luckily for me He can use me in spite of my faults if I repent.He will build me up where I am torn down and be my strength where I am weak.
Being in several leadership roles at work and in church I can tell you that leading is not always easy or the most popular job. Leadership is hard work. Whether it is leading in the church or others on my job it requires skill and a love for people. In Matthew 22: 37-40, religious leaders ask Jesus which of the commandments is the greatest. Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” The key is remembering that whatever we do and wherever we do it we are working for the Lord. God gets the glory out of our hard work and dedication.
As you read through the Bible there are many that took on leadership roles in different capacities. There were kings, judges, priests, prophets, military leaders and more. There are many tests that will come to challenge your leadership skills. One of the best tests of your leadership is your ability to train others for your position. This is very hard for a strong leader to do. We may feel threatened or intimidated by the other person. If we are secure in whom we are and whose we are, as well as our ability to lead why should we feel threatened. God gave us the position and no devil in Hell can take it away as long as we do our work to the glory of God. We must learn to use the resources available to us. We must recognize and utilize the talents of those around us. We all know that Moses was a great leader and led the children of Israel out of Egypt, as well as interceded for Israel with God many times as they whined and complained. Moses was a great leader, but Moses also had an assistant named Joshua. Joshua became Moses successor and was very successful. Part of Joshua’s success came from his ability to follow when he was supposed to follow and lead when he was called to lead. Most people want to lead and never want to follow. We all have the spiritual gifts and talents that God has placed inside of us. We just need to be sure that we are operating in those areas. Romans 12:6-8 says, “In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly”. The people to whom we pattern ourselves after will have an explicit effect on us. Moses had a direct effect on Joshua. That is the product of effective leadership. It is just one story of leadership in the Bible.