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Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)
TITLE: A Leader Found at the Most Unusual Places
By Martine Sylvain
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… Samuel thought to himself, “this must be the one the Lord wants me to anoint. He’s good looking, well built, a picture of a king. And he’s the firstborn.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t look at the outside of a man…. The Lord looks at the heart-at his attitude, his willingness to obey and his dependence on me…” 1 Samuel 16: 6-7, The Clear Word
What makes a great Leader? Is it power? Prestige? Good Looks? Personality? Or perhaps, is it a great mystery? As I look at the stories of Moses and David I see leadership in a new light.
Leaders are generally tall and have a look about them that demands respect and authority. Often times a leader springs from a person who has demonstrated the qualities that only a leader could have- strength, hard work, prestige, personality, and good looks. These qualities are sometimes passed down to the next generation that brings about a dynasty of leaders in one’s family. In other words, children tend to follow their parents in taken upon them the leadership role their parent had in the past, though it may not always be the case. Through human eyes, a leader can often be recognized just by the way he or she looks.
However, God’s criteria of a leader tends to come from a different perspective than men’s perspective. Moses had grown up in the finest home there could be. He always knew that he had a great destiny. As a matter of fact, he had been groomed to become the next Pharaoh. Everyone thought that they knew his calling. To no avail to Pharaoh, Moses may have secretly planned on delivering his people. He had devised a plan that would not only defy his dream, but also his hope of becoming what he had been prepared to become. Nonetheless, God had a different plan for Moses. Lost hope has always been God’s specialty. He transformed a murderous Moses into one of the greatest prophets there will ever be. Moses leadership skills became so great that many through all the ages would model after him. Moses remains a symbol of what qualifies a great leader. There’s also David. There was nothing about David that would qualify him to become the next king; he was the last born, not the best looking of all his brothers, a shepherd, among many other things. He was so overlooked that his father almost did not introduce him to the one who had come to anoint him. While men were busy looking at David with human qualities, God looked at him with his spiritual eyes. God knew what a great king would come out of David. Such a great king was David that everyone, even today, remembers David for the great king he had been. Even when David made mistakes, people still learned from him. David knew how to repent. He was given the title of “a man after God’s heart”. No one will ever be able to forget David; his leadership skills outlived him.
Jesus came to earth to show us what a king is made of. Jesus had come from the finest place there is- heaven. He had everything and everyone had his feet. One would think that this would suffice anyone. However, Jesus had a love for His constituent that no human will ever be able to fully understand. He portrayed his greatest leadership skill as he lay on the cross between two thieves. Our greatest hero and leader showed us the best qualities required for leadership- obedience, self-sacrifice, service, and most importantly love.
How about you? Perhaps there lays a leader in you. Maybe you never knew that you had what it takes to be a leader. Take the time to know yourself and ask God to reveal to you how to bring out in your character the necessary qualities to be the leader that you were destined to be.
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