Leaders who are they?
Do leaders choose themselves?
Are leaders appointed by men?
NO! A resounding NO!
God is the one who chooses leaders.
He appoints them and anoints them.
What are the characteristics of a Godly leader?
- Humility: Moses was the most humble of all the people on the Earth. (Numbers 12:3)
- A man after God’s own heart: It is not a man’s appearance that the Lord looks at. It is his heart. (1Sam 16:7)
- Obedience: Daniel was obedient to the point of losing his own life. Obedience is better than sacrifice. (1Sam 15:22)
- Share in Christ’s suffering: Paul saw that to live an abundant life we also share abundantly in Christ’s suffering. (2Cor 1:5) Peter also testifies to this. (1Pet 4:13)
- Bold: Nehemiah risked his life before King Artaxerxes and faced great opposition from Nations around him. But he built the wall in 52 days.
- Courageous: Deborah the only female judge Israel ever had was willing to go into battle because she trusted God and feared no one, only God. (Judges 5:8)
- Restored: Peter repented and was restored. Who else would God trust to be present at the day of Pentecost? (Acts 2:41)
So what do these 7 great leaders have in common?
Every great leader must possess the meekness of Moses, be a man or woman after God’s own heart, must live a life of obedience to God, must learn to suffer and suffer well, have boldness to do what they know needs to be done, have the courage to do it, and know that when they fall (not if) that they can be forgiven and restored by the grace of God. In other words they are there to serve the people.
7 Bible verses every leader should memorize and why.
- Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) – To answer before listening– that is folly and shame.
Too many leaders are quick to jump into action but slow to listen. By acting rashly and quickly (though we do have to take decisive action at times), we open ourselves up to much trouble.
Great leaders know they have to listen. They have to listen more than they talk or act.
That’s why I think we’re given 2 ears and 1 mouth.
- Deuteronomy 8:18 (NIV) – But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
As a leader, you’re building and growing your organization. You’re taking things to the next level.
Or so you think.
While you’re doing your part, God is also doing His part. God has provided you the ability to produce wealth. He’s given you your skills and talents. (Math 25:14-30) Know who to trust. Men of Faith not Fear. Reward those who do good work.
Remember who has given you your skills. He has.
3. Proverbs 10:4 (NLT) – Lazy people are soon poor; hard workers get rich.
We’re reminded here on how to gain wealth and stay in business. We work hard.
Success can often lead us to become lazy. I know I’ve found myself doing that.
There are times when I don’t want to continue working on this blog. I don’t know what to write or I’m just not feeling it. But when I don’t work hard on my writing, things begin to suffer.
The same goes for you. When you stop working hard, riches begin to slip through our fingers. We take one step closer to becoming poor.
4. Psalm 127:2 (NLT) – It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.
This scripture verse may seem to contradict Proverbs 10:4 but I believe it can be complimentary to that scripture.
We need to work hard. We need to toil. But we also need to rest.
Without rest, we become weary and weak. We can’t do our best work.
Lack of sleep causes accidents.
Lack of sleep causes poor reaction times.
Lack of sleep causes physical damage to your brain cells.
Lack of sleep causes physical illness.
The Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and the nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986 happened because people were sleep deprived.
Make sure you’re taking the time to properly rest your body, mind, and soul.
5. Colossians 3:23-24 (NLT) – Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
We want to serve others. We want to make money. And we want to do it well.
But in doing so, we can easily forget why we’re doing what we’re doing.
God has given us the ability to work. We should be doing our work as if we’re doing it for Him. Not for others.
When you go and lead, lead as if you’re doing it for God.
6. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) – Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
This Bible verse reminds us, once again, that we were given a gift. That gift has helped us produce our wealth.
Should that gift be used only to serve our own needs? No, at least if you believe what the Bible says.
With our giftings, we’re called to serve others. We need to use our gifts to help others.
7. Matthew 6:33 (ESV) – But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you
I saved this scripture you should memorize until last. Not because it’s the least important but because I believe it is one of the most important Bible verses a leader should memorize.
Our lives are moot without our obedience to Christ. Seeking His kingdom and will puts us into the correct frame of mind.
We begin to place our focus on His desires. On His will. On what He would have us to do.
When we’re in that frame of mind, we’re going to accomplish great things. Focus on Him, first and foremost.