The 5 Leadership Lessons From Moses (Part 5)
“And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people:and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening. And when Moses ‘father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even? And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God: When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws. And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee:for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone. Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee:Be thou for the people to God- ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God: And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: And let them judge the people at all seasons:and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge:so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee. If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace. So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said. And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. And they judged the people at all seasons:the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.
And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land”
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 second leadership tenant and how Moses used this skill.
V. The Principle Of Passing The Responsibility
We see in our text that Moses was challenged by his father-in-law to seek out wise and able men that were indwell with the spirit of God and the understanding of His law so that they may judge. One of the most difficult lessons that a leader can endure is this principle. Giving up power and authority for the sake of all is one of the most self-less lessons and rewarding actions that a leader can take. How can I pass on responsibility?
A. Don’t Always Try To Be In Charge – The idea that a leader has to constantly be in charge or take control of the situation is not entirely accurate. Someone has to be accountable, however, a leader’s job is not to babysit and micro-manage either. One lesson that I learned from another leader that was wiser and older than I was said “your job as a leader isn’t to remain in authority and make people follow you, it is to ultimately have people follow you not because they need to but because they choose to.” Being a dictator will not make people want to follow you or even trust you enough to remain in the same location with you. Sometimes the greatest leaders don’t even raise their voices or aren’t seen at all. You don’t have to always be in charge.
We see that Moses was confronted by his Father-In-Law about an issue that he noticed. Moses, being wise, saw that a change was needed and he took action from someone that was wiser than himself. What about you? Do you take time to listen to others as they instruct you or do you rebel like there children of Israel did and were destroyed?
B. Depress The People By Trying To Do It All – Israel had a very large amount of people that followed Moses out of Egypt. They all probably had inter-personal conflicts that Moses had to hear. He sat in the seat of judgement and patiently listened to each case and then provided a biblical resolution. However, as fast as he was, he was NOT able to hear all of the cases each day. I can imagine that Moses sat there all day listening and the people sat there all day as well waiting for their turn to gain wisdom and sometimes judgement. Many of them probably waited all day just to be turned away when their turn came up. I can imagine that this was very stressful. How would you feel? So when we try to do everything ourselves, it provides us the security but makes those following us go insane.
Leadership isn’t a one time deal where you tell others what to do and when to do it, leadership involves us seeking to serve God and ministering to others. Do you take time to minister to others or are you seeking to get your own glory from that action which this passage of scripture has just relayed to you. I hope that you will learn from Moses and take pages out of his book and apply them to yours. Please return for more exciting devotionals from God’s word. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.