I often take the approach, if I want to be the best, then I needed to spend time learning from the best. Growing up playing baseball, I looked to the older kids who could both hit and field better than I. Watching their every move, how they practiced and learning from their general approach to the game helped me to develop into a better ball player.
Experience brings with it knowledge that has been tested and sharpened. That’s why when we consider the subject of leadership; it will do us a great service to learn from those who have gone on before. This week, I ask you to consider the lessons learned from observing the life of Moses through the pages of the Bible.
Lesson One: Excuses Don’t Get You Out Of It (Exodus 3: 11- 4:13)
Upon reading the Scriptures, we discover five times that Moses tried to get out of his leadership position. He felt insignificant and that his words would not carry any weight, so he looked for ways out. However, God provided an answer to every excuse.
Lesson Two: Doing It On Your Own Is Not the Answer (Exodus 18: 17-23)
Learning to delegate is one of the most difficult aspect of leadership because in so doing, you have to trust those whom you entrust with the task. Moses was going to wear himself out and his father-in-law saw that.
Lesson Three: Make The Tough Decisions (Exodus 32: 19-29)
When Moses and Joshua came down from Mount Sinai and discovered the golden calf and the celebration taking place, he was furious. He didn’t march off and draft an email. He got rid of those who advanced a cause outside of God.
Lesson Four: You Are Accountable For Your Actions (Numbers 20: 10-13)
Allowing his anger to boil over, Moses disobeyed God when striking the rock at Meribah. Even with all the good he had done in leading the children of Israel, he would still have to face the consequences for his actions – missing out on entering into Canaan.
May God bless you this week as you walk with Him!