Small Groups - Leading Yourself
I recently wrote about developing some resources for small group leaders to help them lead successful groups. After getting my head around the vision for groups the first guide I decided to write was Leading Yourself. Leadership is an invitation to allow others to imitate your life. So, the question we have to ask ourselves is, is your life worth imitating? Before we can begin to lead others we must be leading ourselves.
Here is an excerpt from the guide Leading Yourself…
The One Thing a Leader Must Do
When I think of great leaders in the Bible, besides Jesus there is no one who stands out more to me than Moses. Moses faced down one of the most powerful men in the world when he called Pharaoh to let God’s people go. He had the faith to pray and ask God to part the Red Sea. And, when God’s people turned their back on Him, Moses interceded on their behalf begging God to take his own life to save the people he was leading.
How did Moses have this kind of faith and courage to lead God’s people up to the promise land? The singular most important thing in his leadership was that he heard from God, and he did that by spending time in the presence of God. Check out what the Bible says about Moses’ encounters with God:
When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God…Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
Moses’ face was literally glowing from being in the presence of God. The question then for us is, can people tell we have been in the presence of God? We should be so connected to God, so fully immersed in relationship with Him, that people see something different in us. If we truly enter into the presence of God, we cannot help but be changed. If you want to dive into this story even further, check out 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 to see how Paul tells us that we have an even greater access to God than Moses.
The best thing about the story of Moses’ life is that he was an average guy. Actually, to be honest, he was pretty inept. He murdered an Egyptian, ran away from his own people, and asked God to send someone else when he was called to free God’s people because he had a speech impediment. Not exactly your prime candidate for leadership. But, God does not use perfect people, he takes imperfect people who submit themselves to his will and does great things through them. Moses took the leap of faith, listened to God and ended up being one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world.
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