I Timothy 2:1-3 “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.” (NKJV)
Jack B. Yeats stated in a letter to his son; “People think of leaders as men (or women) devoted to service and by service they usually mean that these men (or women) serve their followers… The real leader serves truth, not people.”
Truth, as we see, comes from the word of God; it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The precepts, promises and principles of God’s word are enough to enable us to face any situation. We serve God by serving each other. We serve God by serving mankind; especially those less fortunate than we are.
People in leadership positions have to be tough skinned. Leaders must be able to take ridicule and criticism and at the same time, not allow praise to swell the ego. Sometimes hated and disliked for what they stand for. Just make sure you stand. In order to lead God’s people successfully in any capacity leaders must
#1. Know God and what the Word of God says concerning you. #2. Know that God is with you and #3. Place all of your trust in God.
This is necessary because in this faith walk leadership will come up against many diverse challenges and temptations. There will be times when they may feel like giving up and going home, but the presence of God in each situation will sustain them.
Moses’ model of leadership is one that can be used to aid in helping us see how significant leadership is in God’s plan. As a leader Moses went before God on behalf of the people. He also intereceded for them (stood in the gap) when they deserved punishment. And as a leader he spoke to the people on behalf of God.
Leaders are not perfect, but have certain special characteristics placed in them by God to be used for His glory. The best leaders are those who have followed well.
Whether it is social, political, ecclesiastical or familial it is time for us to rally around our leaders. If they are out of their season and need to be replaced, we should be seeking God to see who the mantel falls to.
Pray for leadership on all levels that they do not succumb to ungodly peer pressures. Pray that their lives and actions line up with the will of God. Pray that even when you don’t agree with a decision they have made, you trust that God is working it out for the good of everyone.