A minister was visiting an older lady one day and saw her Bible. He asked to use it to share some words of encouragement with her. As he looked up Psalm 23, he saw that it was missing. He then looked at Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 33 to find that all of these passages were missing from her Bible as well. When questioned, the older lady said, “It was a normal Bible until I attended your church but when you discounted the verses, I cut it out of my Bible.” Some Pastor’s think they are wiser than God.
Pilate washed his hands of the blood of Jesus, but he did not accept a relationship with Jesus. He felt that washing his hands with water would wipe away the wrong he had done to Jesus.
The minister noted above and Pilate are examples of bad leaders, but the Bible gives us many examples of great leaders.
Exodus 3:11: “And Moses said unto God, who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
Moses questioned God as to what qualified him to serve. God often calls people who are NOT qualified. When we understand our own limitations of leadership, we rely more on God to equip us. I once heard a preacher boasting about his own abilities. He said, “I am doing so good, what would God do without me?” Moses knew he was not worthy to be a leader; but God called him and equipped him in a mighty way.
Judges 6:15: “And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
Gideon saw himself as the least qualified to speak on behalf of God. We often hear people say, “God spoke to me to bring a message from a particular scripture.” How can God be partial with one text when all scripture is inspired by him. God speaks through His Bible and it is all God breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”)
Two ladies were talking about their Pastors. The first lady said, “If you give my Pastor a subject, he can speak for two hours.” The second lady responded, “My Pastor can speak two hours WITHOUT a subject.” 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
The message is from God so we must share it as He represents Himself in His Word.
1 Kings 3:7: “And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.”
Solomon was one of the wisest kings, but when he was chosen by God, he didn’t understand his potential to lead. Even in all of his wisdom, he knew that his steps needed to be ordered by God.
Jeremiah 1:6: “Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.”
Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet, and when God chose him for leadership, he justified his resistance by saying he was just a child.
Each of these leaders, Moses, Gideon, Soloman and Jeremiah became great leaders by saying “YES” despite their doubts about their leadership skills. God does not call the qualified; but He qualifies the called.
A friend of mine recently commented that he had traveled throughout India and everywhere he went he saw the work that God is doing through Hopegivers International. Our objective is to rescue at-risk children from the streets, those who are the least, and sharpen them with the Word of God. We then launch them into society to impact their culture as leaders for the Kingdom of God.
Leaders are developed by God and through the power of His Word. Drawing strength from God’s guidance, we can all become great leaders, and help develop other leaders as well.