Secure Leaders Empower Others

Today I read from Isaiah 33:14, which references an actual purification process that a leader of God’s people went through. This leader was King Hezekiah and the occasion was when King Sennacherib of the Assyrians came against him and the residents of Jerusalem.

The writer of this account is the prophet Isaiah and in essence is asking ‘who can successfully go through the purification process of God? Who can go through the fire of God and yet remain unchanged? He goes ahead to answer that question and describes the characteristics that the one who is being purifies starts to exhibit.

I think that we who have been called by God to be leaders in the Kingdom needs to consider these characteristics  and see if we are in possession of them and if we are growing in our leadership journey as we exercise  them regularly. Let us then consider Isaiah’s description:

  1. Integral in our actions: As leaders, our lives and our words must match. If we speak uprightly, then we must walk righteously (vs15).
  2.  Just in our ways: As leaders, we must reject dishonest gain, anything that comes from extortion and or oppression (vs 15).
  3. Firm in our Convictions: As leaders, our values should never allow us to accept or take any form of bribes (vs 15).
  4. Positive in our focus: As leaders, we must refuse to dwell on destructive issues, things that pertain to blood shed (vs 15).
  5. Pure in our intentions: As leaders, we must discipline our minds to remain clean and unpolluted, even shutting our eyes against contemplating or seeing evil (vs 15).
  6. Secure in our position: As leaders, we must be firm, stable in our identity and sure of our source of strength, the Lord our God. Isaiah says that such a leader will dwell on the heights and their will be the mountain fortress (vs 16).

When those we lead start to see these characteristics manifested in our lives, we start to earn their trust. As we grow in these characteristics, we will feel more secure  to lead others and not to manipulate or destroy them.  Remember, only secure leaders empower others.

Toni Mungai

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