Posts Tagged ‘godly leadership’

Equipping Others for Service

Two years ago, I posted this and it rings true today just as it did then. Leader, May it bless you as much as it did me. Let’s continue to serve.

If you are a leader, you will serve those you lead by equipping them to do their part in God’s plan.’ (Wilkes, G., p 189) These are words that jumped out at me as I read Gene Wilkes’Jesus on Leadership and I felt empowered by his words and I want to share some five steps he recommends.

  1. Encourage them to serve
  2. Qualify them to serve
  3. Understand their needs
  4. Instruct them; and
  5. Pray for them.

He says that these five steps will allow you as a leader to share your responsibility and authority… just like Jesus did.


Leadership of the Holy Spirit

We read in Zechariah 1:18-19 how the prophet Zechariah raised his eyes and looked, and he saw four horns. And he said to the angel who talked with him, “What are these?” The angel replied and said, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”

Here in these scriptures, horns, denote the enemies’ dignity and dominion.The reason for their pride. Horns exalted, also denote their strength, power, and violence. Just like the Jews who were facing these four horns, we too may be surrounded from every side; when we avoid one horn that pushes at us from one side, we run against another.

The church (you and I) has enemies that have horns they use to hinder us from the good work that the Lord has called us to. We may look up, and certainly see the enemy, forceful and furious, and also see his boastings and his violence that is arrayed against us. And that may give rise to fear in our hearts.

But in His mercy,  the Lord will show us ‘carpenters or craftsmen’ or His great and mighty power that He has employed to the crushing of these evil powers that array against us (Zechariah 1:20). For every one of the four horns of evil that comes against you and I, God has provided a counteracting power adequate to destroying it.

My one point is this; Our fear of danger can so engage or consume us that we often overlook the divine help provided for us. Through the leadership of the Holy and Eternal Spirit of God, whatever the enemies against us, we have greater friends for us. Let us always remember that, when God has work to be done, He will raise up some to do it and others to defend it and protect those that are employed in the doing of it. And since the Lord God almighty is our help, He will break all the horns of the ungodly that come against us.

A Leader’s Responses

If you want a study in the fundamentals of leadership, Nehemiah is a good place to start. Nehemiah was of Jewish descent but was serving in the palace of their captors. One day as he was going around his day to day chores, he heard a report from his motherland that things were not good. In fact things were really bad; the high walls that surrounded Jerusalem were still in ruins (and that for more that 70 years), neighbouring nations made a mockery of those who called themselves Israelites, and those from nearby cities and towns made life difficult for the Jews in that city.

With this picture etched in his mind, he went to God, weeping and praying that God would in one way or another turn around the situation. God furnished Nehemiah with a God-sized vision. And that was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem!  God did several other things in answer to Nehemiah’s requests in prayer. However I would like us to look at how Nehemiah responded and see if we as leaders, called by God, can learn some principles for our own leadership.

1. Inward Response. (Nehemiah 1:4) This refers to what motivates a person to action or inaction in a given circumstance. It speaks to the motives of our hearts. Without the proper motives, it is easy for the ministry or service that we are engaged in to turn and be selfish. When faced with a need, we should always evaluate our motives for our response and seek to bring our motives in-line with God’s motives.

2. Upward Response. (Nehemiah 2:4b) This should speak to where we get our instructions from. Without God, our ministry or service can be geared towards the wrongs tasks being accomplished. When we see a need around us, we should evaluate our position to see what type of influence and opportunity God has put before us. It is as we interact with God and have an encounter with Him, that we can truly start serving others.

3. Forward Response. (Nehemiah 2:7-9) Although Nehemiah felt the weight and importance of what was facing the people of Jerusalem, he did not make a rash decision. This should speak to our effectiveness. Without planning, our ministry or service can lead to chaos and lack of accomplishment. We need to assess our current realities and be clear on what resources we need to accomplish the task at hand.

4. Outward Response. (Nehemiah 2:11-12) Once Nehemiah received permission from the King , he sets out to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Just like in the three previous types of responses seen above, he does not act rashly. Instead, Nehemiah is thoughtful and measured in how he starts to implement his plans. This should speak to our mobilization of team members. We must recruit others to join us in meeting needs having cast a vision of where we all need to go. Without others, our ministry and service can be prevented from meeting God-sized needs. Eventually we wont have the next crop of leaders to carry on the work to bring in the desired reality.

As I looked at these responses, I realized that their order is important. As for Nehemiah, he put in a lot of hard work into realizing the God-sized vision  that was laid in his heart. Without great leadership and careful planning, I don’t think that the walls of Jerusalem would have been rebuilt. But even with that said, I believe the responses of his heart had everything to do with his success.

Stay blessed.