The 5 Leadership Lessons From Moses (Part 1)
The Old Testament character Moses was a simple man whom was thrusted into a position of leadership without the luxury of mentorship or a training program. There are a few things that Moses had to learn the hard way in his journey to lead God’s people. In this series we will see some of the leadership lessons that Moses learned and see how they apply to our lives as we walk with The Lord today. Join us as we learn leadership lessons from Moses.
Today we will discuss the first leadership tenant and how Moses used this skill.
I. The Principle Of Progressive Responsibility
We see in our text that Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law for a period of time and was no doubt very successful. I do not read anywhere in the bible where Moses lost one of the flock. He was already doing something in a small role before God gave him increasingly more responsibility. This principle is consistent with Matthew 25:23 “His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” So what does this mean? I believe that there are a couple of things that we can learn from Moses when using this leadership role.
A. Being Faithful In Your Current Position
We see that Moses was faithful when he served as a keeper of flocks. All too often we want to get the positions of power, prestige and poise so that other people perform. We see that Moses didn’t seek to find another position where he could use his skills from the past in order to get a bigger flock and a better paycheck. He was very content to remain in the place where he had been placed. He gave 100% to the position where he had been placed.
How many times do we seek to jump ship when the things get bad or hard? Maybe the boss or the leader in your place of employment isn’t displaying the type of characteristics that you wished. You may even think, “Why can’t they do this, or act this way?” which would be good for you. Sometimes the best thing for us to do is tough out the situation, finish the day and start again tomorrow. Instead of seeking to jump ship when you see the storm clouds, how about you prepare the ship for the tough storm ahead. Are you faithful in your current position or do you complain?
B. Being Found In A Place To Help Others
We see that Moses had found favor in the presence of God and was now about to be met by one of God’s angels. Notice that the bible, in Exodus 3:2, says “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out go the midst of a bush:” so way before the bush was burning the bible mentions the angel of the Lord in the bush and was also in the midst of the fire. This caused the bush not to be consumed when it burned with fire. I often wondered how this sight got the attention of Moses. There are a few theories but what it all comes down to is that Moses realized that this event was a supernatural incident. He knew that some sort of God or deity lit this fire and caused it not to extinguish. Then we see that when he came to investigate that God spoke to him and began to tell Moses that he had been chosen to serve Him.
In our lives, God will use things to get our attention, just like He used the angel in the bush to get the attention of Moses. We will stop and take in the sight but how often do we approach? Or if we do approach, would we hear the voice of God over all the other junk in our minds? A true leader must have a clear mind and be in a position to help others. We see that God is about to use Moses to help his fellow brethren escape from bondage. How many have you helped to leave the country and state of bondage? Are you in a place or position where God can use you to help others? Or are you in a position where you only help when it’s easy for you to do so?
In our look into Moses and his personal struggles we can see how God used him to lead Israel out of bondage and the prison of sin and death. How about you? What can you learn from Moses? Did you see any tenants of his personal life in your life? I know that I did. In tomorrow’s devotional we will cover another leadership lesson from Moses. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.