GOD CALLS MEN TO BE LEADERS

Blog: Max Dawson
May 25, 2017
When we look into God’s book we see several men (and women) who were called by God to fill special roles in His service. It is significant that God calls individuals to be leaders–not committees. Committees rarely lead. Individuals lead.
Someone said, “God so loved the world that He didn’t send a committee.”
While group projects and committees may have their place, leadership by individuals is critical in accomplishing tasks. One wise sage said, “The best way to kill a good idea is to put a committee in charge of it.”
When God wanted to build a great nation, He called an individual–Abraham ().
When God wanted to deliver Israel, He called Moses–an individual ().
When God wanted to take Canaan, He called an individual–Joshua ().
When God wanted to save Gentiles, He called Paul–an individual ().
In none of those cases did God call for a committee. While leaders must cooperate and work effectively with others in groups, it still stands that in these cases, God called individuals to lead. Whether in the church, home, factory or community, God calls men to be leaders.
THE FINAL WORD
Does God still call men to be leaders today?
If we are looking for a supernatural verbal call (as in the above cases), we are making a mistake. Yet God still calls men today to be deacons, shepherds, and teachers, as well as other leadership roles. He calls them in the same way He calls men to be Christians–by His word.
Just as the men in were made shepherds by the Holy Spirit, so the Holy Spirit makes shepherds today. God calls men to lead through means of the word given by the Holy Spirit.
Would you agree that teachers are leaders? If so, read to see how God calls men through such passages as these.
“And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
God calls “faithful” and “able” men to be trained to teach others.
Is God calling you? Are you faithful? Are you able?
Blessings to you, my dear friends,
–Max


12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (ESV)


When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” (ESV)


1:1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, “Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, just as I promised to Moses. (ESV)


10 Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11 And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, 12 and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” 13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. (ESV)


28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. (ESV)


and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (ESV)