How do we define a true leader? The best place to start is in God’s Word. In scripture there are dozens and dozens of great leaders. We are going to take a few examples and look at them in regards to our list of leadership qualities.
Let’s review that list of great leadership qualities again to be sure we are all on the same page. A leader is a man called by God, following God's Word, leading people, living an exemplary life, serving people, and seeking God through prayer.
One of the very first qualities of a leader, especially in the church, is that he is called by God. It seems fundamental, but most people miss this very first step. Doing things we are not called to do, means we do not have the instinctive passion. When we have a deep sense of calling, we can identify a true passion to lead. One of my favorite places in scripture where God calls a man to lead is in Jeremiah chapter 1. I love the words in verses 4-5....
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,and before you were born I consecrated you;I appointed you a prophet to the nations."
There was no doubt that Jeremiah was called by God. He knew it, and God said it. This was key for him. Times got very rough for Jeremiah. But, even in the rough times, he was able to hold to the knowledge that he had been called by God. Sometimes, in leadership, having the knowledge that God has called you is the only thing that keeps us going. It can be our only encouragement. That is why it is imperative we as leaders recognize and know that God has called us. Otherwise we will jump ship when the going get tough..........
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