Leaders From Amongst The People
The issue of leadership is one that can be both divisive or inclusive, there is no sitting on the fence. In the era of populism, we are likely to make some bad leadership choices. We need to remember that the Creator of the Universe has always set the model for leadership.
As you read this, a number of incidents will have occurred in South Africa, and this is by no means strange but rather part of what the prophet Daniel prophesied about the end times. As I was praying for the city of Johannesburg and South Africa this week, God reminded me of this word from Daniel and Exodus.
Daniel 2:41-43 NKJV
And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
In the end time God clearly tells us that governments will fail and He (Jesus) will set up a new kind of government that will have the following characteristics:
- It will consume all other government(s) and systems
- It is not man-made, but God made
- God will be its originator
God is very much concerned about the kind of leadership on the earth, His view is one in these tough times we need to consider carefully. I believe that during the white throne judgment we all will give an account of how we used our spiritual endowments on earth in His service.
What does God want in a leader? Let us take a look at the scripture(s):
Exodus 18:21-23 NKJV
Moreover, you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you. If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.
God first and foremost want us as leaders who are able, that means a leader must have the ability and the willing to lead. I also subscribe to what in the media is called servant leadership. Jesus in the book of Matthew and Mark respectively:
Matthew 20:24-28 NKJV
And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, to serve, and )to give His life a ransom for many.”
Jesus here defines what it means to lead and defines a critical leadership quality that is common within the God-head. Leaders must be slaves, quite anathema in our nation and often in churches. We expect to be served and have others doing our bidding. That is not the model for leadership from the Bible.
A leader must be one who is God-fearing, that is critical, fear of God and reverence for His Word and statutes. That means that leader will be guided by the Holy Ghost, the highest form of leadership is one that is based on followership. God had always intended that we were Spirit-led not self-led. A leader needs to be very careful that his instructions are from God and not any other source.
When you read the salutations of all epistles in the New Testament, you see a term that we are unfamiliar with, a bondservant. All the apostles and writers never fail to mention that God is their master and no one else, that’s something worth taking note of.
Finally, the scripture says that he must not be covetous, simply put he must not be greedy and likely to be one who aggregates resources or people for his own benefit only. The late Rev. Hagin shared an experience in his book, I believe in Visions, that the Lord Jesus shared with him. The Lord told Him that financial prosperity was His plan for all His ministers, but He wanted them to guard against covetousness.
Leaders who are from amongst the people will not only have the right spirit but are more likely to “feel the people’s pain”. It never fails to amaze me that the most terrible thing in the Bible for Israel was that a stranger would take over and rule over them. That means that God always wanted those who are amongst from the flock to be selected as leaders.
When it comes to appointing leaders whether for a cell group or the ushering team, just remember that they must be from amongst the people, sons that is.
Pastor Percival Dikobe
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