Midweek Wake-Up, September 07, 2017
Seems when we speak about leadership, and spiritual leadership, in particular, many thoughts and ideas run through our minds. Such was the case with Jesse, a man who was about to have one of his sons anointed as King over Israel. As he paraded his seven sons before Samuel, sure that one of them was the chosen king, there must have been some fear set in as one by one they were rejected. Rejected, God says, because He had a different view of leadership. While humans look at those outward appearances and abilities, God was much more concerned with the heart.
And so it was that David, a man after God’s own heart, a guy who had not even been invited to the anointing ceremony was named the king of Israel.
As we heard on Sunday, time and time again the leadership qualities that Scripture speaks to are the things of the heart. The one who is self-controlled; the one who is worthy of respect; the one who endures in love, faithfulness and sound teaching; the one who does not enjoy arguing; the one who does not slander; the one who is pure; the one tested over time so as to not be blameless, etc. Those issues that stem from the depths of our hearts. From hearts totally surrendered to the will of God.
Perhaps this is why David prays in Psalm 139 “search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way”. Similar to Jesus knowing that out of the deep recesses of our hearts, is where our words and actions spring from.
NSC, this morning as you lead at work, in your families, your teams, in ministries, may we pray as David did. That God would search our hearts, point out our offensive ways and may we in humility confess and repent before our God, being those that hunger for Him above all things. So we might say to those we lead “imitate me as I imitate Christ”!