Have you ever experienced times when you felt like you were surrounded by whiners, complainers, and people who had no faith in you or your leadership?
I think all of us who have been in positions of leadership for any length of time have experienced the whiners, the complainers, and the faithless.
If you think your situation was bad, imagine what Moses was going through as he led some 4 million people out of Egypt on the way to the Promised Land. They were only gone a few days, and the people started whining about one thing after another.
- They complained about the taste of the water (Exodus 15:23).
- They complained about being hungry (Exodus 16:2-3).
- Then they complained about being thirsty (Exodus 17:1-4).
Despite the miracle of being led through the Red Sea, the water being purified, the mana being provided every day, and the water flowing from the rock, they doubted God and Moses.
But Not Everyone
As leaders, it sometimes seems like we are standing alone, but that is seldom the case. It wasn’t the case for Moses either.
About a year after they left Egypt, God gave Moses detailed instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle (Exodus 25-30). But who will do all the work? Not these faithless whiners and complainers!
Yet, where God leads He provides, and God knew exactly who He wanted to build the Tabernacle. Enter Bezalel, from the tribe of Judah, whom God personally chose and appointed to supervise the work of building the Tabernacle (Exodus 31:1 & 35:30).
What made Bezalel so special? According to Exodus 35:30-34 Bezalel was:
- Filled with the Spirit of God,
- Knowledgeable, and
When you think about a resume for a great leader, this is about as good as it gets!
How’s My Leadership Scorecard?
When I look in the mirror and honestly assess myself against these leadership qualifications, I feel woefully inadequate.
- Am I as Spirit-filled as I could be? No. I often feel I should spend more time reading and studying the Scripture. I feel my prayer life is not as strong as it should be.
- Am I skilled as I could be? Nope. I always feel like there are things I need to do to improve my skillsets.
- Am I as Intelligent as I could be? Well, this one is out of my control. But the bigger question is, am I using what intelligence the Lord gave me in ways that honor Him?
- Am I as knowledgeable as I could be? Again, no. As fast as the world is changing there is always something new to learn.
- Am I inspired? Finally! Something I can say yes to! God called me to this ministry at this time in my life. I feel privileged to get up every day and do what I am doing!
So, here’s the thing. God chooses whom He chooses, but whom the Lord chooses, He qualifies (1 Thessalonians 5:24). God has called each of us to a specific work, and He has equipped us for that work.
In conclusion, the most important thing for us as Christians who are also called to leadership is
1) to be filled with the Spirit of God, and
2) to be skilled, intelligent, knowledgeable, and inspired
as we apply the gifts and talents, God has given us to our daily work and ministry.
Faithless whiners and complainers need not apply!
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As always, questions and comments are welcome. How do you rate yourself against each of the leadership characteristics God attributed to Bezalel? Are there some where you have room for improvement?
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Category: Personal Development | Character