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Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.  (Psalm 25:4-5,NKJV,  emphasis added) 

Leaders should be men of truth and this truth is received while waiting on God.

Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.  (Exodus 18:21, NKJV, emphasis added)

In this passage God gives insight to what leaders of His people should be:

  1. They must be able (1 Peter 4:11). “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given us, let us use them…he who leads with diligence…”(Romans 12:6-7, NKJV)  God gives the ability to those who are to lead as a gift to the Church.

  2. They must fear God.  This is an important aspect of our sanctification, which is important for leadership because God desires to use mature believers. “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”(2 Corinthians 7:1, NKJV)

  3. They must be people of truth.  Followers or disciples of Jesus the Christ are people of the truth because He is the truth. “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except from Me.”  (John 14:6, NKJV)

  4. They must hate covetousness.  Leaders put sin on notice that what concerns God concern them. “A ruler who lacks understanding is a great oppressor, but he who hates covetousness will prolong his days.”(Proverbs 28:16, NKJV)

A person who is waiting on God and is called to be in leadership will follow these principles of God because he knows in and of himself he cannot lead effectively and will fall short of all that the Lord has for him and will not glorify his God in all that he does.

Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaint.  As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and the dominion forever and ever.  Amen.  (1 Peter 4:8-11, NASB)

You are called to be a leader in some facet of your life.  Prayerfully go over the four must principles presented here and submit to where the Lord wants to develop you farther in the season ahead.

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