The Test of Leadership (Exodus 18)

17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. Exodus 18:17

In some form or shape every person is a leader. I noticed it yesterday in our VBS as many people were leaders of others.  Some led large groups, some led smaller groups, and some just lead one person.  Each were very important to God’s Kingdom Advance.

When I think of leadership, I often think about Moses leadership.  His entire days as a leader of his people were filled with long days, tough decisions, and a congregation that mostly were in rebellion against God.  But through it all Moses seemed to lead with distinction.

What was his secret?  The key to his success was in that he loved God and he listened when God placed direction before him.  In Exodus 18 we find one of those moments when God places direction before him.

God send’s Moses father-in-law with a message. Here is the message: “your leadership is not good.”  Now this must have been humbling for Moses.  Brothers and sisters such a message could be a test for some who would reject such wisdom.

I find leadership to be hard when pride and self get in the mix of leadership.  We see humility in Moses.  Immediately Moses makes the adjustments in his leadership.  Now Moses can go from good to great because he has shared leadership with people who have the following characteristics:

21 Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe,

Yesterday I sat in VBS as others lead.  Yesterday I walked around and loved on people as others led. Yesterday I rejoiced as God did great things through our people.  I believe this is the scene in Exodus 18.

Question:  is this the same scene where you lead?  Brothers and sisters, here is the deal, if God leads people will be drawn to Him.  If you lead people will be drawn to you.  Which one do you desire?

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