Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 21, 2016
My servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. Numbers 12:7
Having individually coached, consulted and trained over 1,000 business and ministry leaders the past 20 years—I have seen what works and what doesn’t work in the life of a leader. There are common characteristics of those leaders who are a step or two beyond their peers in the rarified air of becoming a leader of leaders—because by God’s grace they have grown into faithful leaders worth following. So what is evidence of becoming a faithful leader—how can we continue to mature in ways so others would want to travel with us on our journey through life with Jesus? Remaining humble and teachable is foundational, and to be honest with ourselves—so we do only what we do best and encourage others to do what they do best. Most of all, we learn to lead out of love, we reject manipulation and the latest fads that quickly fade away.
What does it mean to be a faithful leader? The imperfect life of David gives us a sneak peak into God’s heart for a leader He loves, “And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them” (Psalm 78:72). A leader with compelling character connects to the heart of those they lead, while the leader’s competence gives followers the mental assurance that their leader will collaboratively and skillfully show them and direct them in the way to go, this is attractive evidence of a faithful leader.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness” (Matthew 25:21).
Yes, the faithful leader sees Jesus as the model of a faithful leader—even Christ said He could do nothing on His own, but only what the Father has taught Him. “I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me” (John 8:28). If this dependency on the Father is true of Jesus, how much more are we desperately needy for our heavenly Father’s wisdom? Thus, we lean into the Lord and learn from Him. Jesus is gentle and gracious to refresh us, so we in turn, can refresh those around us. Our leadership depends on first following our ultimate leader, God.
So, when tempted to stray—by God’s grace: we remain faithful, when we are ready to give up—we remain faithful, when we are ready to quit—we remain faithful, when we think about doing something foolish—we remain faithful, when we want to stop praying and meditating on God’s precious word—we remain faithful, when enticed to embrace a lie—we remain faithful to truth. When a faithful servant of the Lord is successful now, he or she can rest in the assurance of the dividends of faithfulness paying off in the future!
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I pray by Your Spirit I will remain faithful even when I don’t feel like being faithful.
ApplicationWho is a faithful leader I can follow and learn from their example?
Related ReadingPsalm 4:3; Nehemiah 9:8; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 1:2, 7; Hebrews 3:2-6
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