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Leadership Principles from the Life of Moses

Leadership Principles from the Life of Moses

I have been reading through Exodus in my quiet times lately and here are some practical leadership principles that I have been encouraged by:
1) Often God's leaders have humble beginnings (e.g. Moses being born into a peasant's home).
2) At times, God's leaders have great opportunities for skill development (e.g. Moses growing up in Pharaoh's home).
3) Often times, immature future leaders see great injustices and act impertinently. They have the ability to see what is wrong and what needs to be changed, but they lack the proper judgment to know what the best course of action would be. Likewise, they lack the proper self control to respond in the wise, measured way that Christ would (e.g. Moses killing the Egyptian).
4) God's leaders are not perfect (e.g. Moses killing the Egyptian).
5) Because God's leaders are not perfect, and many commit serious sin, He will only greatly uses those who come to the point of full humility.
6) God's leaders respect and honor Him (e.g. Moses taking off his shoes before the Lord in Exodus 3:5).
7) It may take many years before God's leaders are properly and fully humbled, fully to the point of obeying the Lord rather than their own flesh (e.g. Moses going to Midian.
8) God will give His leaders clear vision, as in Exodus 3:7-10, and His leaders must find a way in their hearts to surrender to His direction and obey.
9) God's leaders may (and should) feel a strong sense of inadequacy, this allows them to fully rely upon God so that what is accomplished is of Him (e.g. Moses saying to God, "who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?" in Exodus 3:11).
10) God's leaders will often be blind to their own potential (e.g. Moses asking God "Who am I?" which is a silly question considering that he was the only Jew in the land who personally knew Pharaoh, had a relationship with him, understood him, and had the personal training to know how to conduct himself before Pharaoh).
11) God's leaders must be fully obedient to Him, pure in all aspects of their lives. This principle comes form that strange couple of verses in Exodus 4:24-26 where God was angry with Moses for not circumscising his son. It was Moses' wife, Zipporah, who recognized the need for absolute righteousness in all respects, so she circumscised the boy. When God has enlisted a person into His leadership, they had better not trifle with disobedience.
12) Often God will provide other people who will help carry the load--God did this wth Aaron, who was a co-leader with Moses after Exodus 4.
13) Often, people will not believe or respond properly to the notion that they are accountable to God. When Moses first told Pharaoh about God's call upon the Jews, he said, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go." (Exodus 5:2).
14) Sometimes our first attempts to lead may result in a worsening of the situation, but even if people pronounce condemnation upon us, the Lord might be in that situation none-the-less. This happened with Moses and the Jews when he first sought to deliver them. Rather than obliging them, Pharaoh made their tasks harder. Rather than being grateful to Moses, the people condemned Moses and said, "Let the Lord look on you and judge, because you hvce made us abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh..." (Exodus 5:21).
15) Sometimes, things will get worse before they get better. This was the case with Moses, Pharaoh and the Jews. Their situation worsened and when Moses complained to the Lord, He said "Now you shall see what I will do..." (Exodus 6:1).
16) Often the Lord will allow perplexing problems into our lives to demonstrate His power. He said as much in Exodus 6:7, "...then you shall know that I am teh Lord your God..." Likewise, the Lord is about His glory and His name. At times this may mean that His leaders will endure hardship and mocking from those who disbelieve.
17) Sometimes the people will be so frightened, exhausted, hurt, scarred that they are unable to heed the voice of their leaders. This was the case with Moses in Exodus 6:9 where it says, "Moses spoke thus to the children of Israel; but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage."
18) Regardless of the people's reaction, God calls His leaders to be faithful and lead, as He did to Moses in Exodus 6:10-12.
19) Leaders need to encourage and strengthen those around them (Deut 3:28) and not be embittered against those who may surpass them according to God's design.
Last modified on Sunday, 08 April 2012 05:52
Russ Brewer

Russ Brewer

Rescued from the domain of darkness, transferred to the kingdom of the Son. Undershepherd of Grace. Husband of Corinne. Father of three. Chew-toy to Zeke...