Principles of Godly Leadership

PROVERBS 25:1-5

  • Wisdom – Proverbs Chapter 8
    1. Proverbs 8:11  “For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.”
      1. Is true wisdom the desire of our leaders today?  Is it our desire?
      2. What does the world seek in place of wisdom today?  Fame,Fortune,Popularity
    2. Proverbs 8:15  “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice”
      1. It’s hard to read this verse in light of today’s leaders in our nation.
      2. Wisdom is lacking in Washington.
    3. We are in very dire need of wise leaders today!  In church, society, government, homes, schools.
    4. Wisdom is a very important part of Godly leadership.
      1. Are we seeking wisdom in our daily lives?  At work, school, home, church?
      2. Are we “wise enough” to recognize when we don’t use Biblical wisdom?
  • Integrity –
    1. Proverbs 11:3  “The integrity of the upright shall guide them:  but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.”
    2. Proverbs 19:1  “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.
    3. Integrity is a dying virtue in our society.
    4. The line between truth and lies in the world’s eyes has become very blurry.
      1. The world takes success however they can get it.
      2. Cheating, Lying, Fraud, etc. is rewarded by the world.
    5. How is our integrity?
      1. What would our friends and coworkers say about our integrity?
      2. What would the world say about our integrity?
  • Love –
    1. Proverbs 20:28  “Mercy and truth preserve the king:  and his throne is upholden in mercy.”
    2. Proverbs 17:17  “A friend loveth as all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
    3. Luke 6:27  “…Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.”
    4. Our love is best displayed in times when there is absolutely nothing in it for us and even better when it may COST us to love!
      1. Coworkers at work who may talk bad about us.
      2. Family members who continue to let us down and break our hearts.
      3. Staff who may disrespect you and slander you.
    5. Do we look for ways to love?  There is usually always an opportunity for love and mercy!
  • Good Advisors/Counsel –
    1. Proverbs 11:14  “Where no counsel is, the people fall:  but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
    2. Proverbs 25:4-5 “Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer.  Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.”
    3. How many times problems in our lives could have been avoided had we just listened to godly counsel!
    4. No single man can be a great leader- that man/woman has people in their background that has helped to shape them in their godly transition.
    5. Godly counsel along with the Spirit’s leading makes great Leadership.
    6. Every leader needs a trusted adviser.  The ability to listen to the advice of others is the mark of a great leader- not a weakness!
    7. WHO ARE YOUR ADVISORS?
    8. There is also a place for trusted “accountability” advisors.
  • Self Control –
    1. Proverbs 28:15  “As a roaring lion, and a raging bear, so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.”
    2. If we can’t control our actions, then people will not trust or respect us as leaders.
    3. How are we at self control?
      1. Do we have “melt downs”?
      2. Do we lose our temper over small things?
      3. Are we quick to react with our tongue before we process with our mind?
    4. When we don’t have self control, it makes our dependency on Christ and our foundation on God’s Word seem fake to the world and to those we serve or lead.
  • Awareness of his/her influence –
    1. Proverbs 29:2  “When the righteous  are in authority, the people rejoice:  but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
    2. We have influence as leaders!  Good and bad!
      1. Parents- we shape and mold our kid’s actions, beliefs, tempers, etc.
      2. SS Teachers, Pastors, Youth Leaders- we influence those who we are allowed to serve.
      3. We set the “atmosphere” at work.
        1. If we are “moody” and “shifty” day to day, it makes for a horrible work environment and causes those under us to not trust us nor respect us.
        2. If we are down, the staff will be down.  If we are excited and enthusiastic, it makes it easier for staff to be that way.
      4. PEOPLE BECOME LIKE THOSE WHO THEY FOLLOW.
        1. Who are we following?
        2. Who are we leading?
        3. Who are our kids following?
  • Compassion –
    1. Proverbs 29:14 “The king that faithfully judgeth the poor, his throne shall be established for ever.”
    2. I Peter 3:8  “…be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another…”
    3. Good leaders (and Christians) have and show compassion!
    4. Christ was our example- He was moved with compassion in the Scriptures.
    5. Love and compassion go hand in hand.
      1. You can love and not have compassion (fathers, husbands, etc. who love their families but aren’t moved with compassion when pain or accidents happen – “man up” or “big kids don’t cry”.
      2. We need to love those in our charge AND show compassion.
        1. When we are able, put ourselves in their shoes.
        2. When we are able, do what we can to help the situation.
        3. When we are able, show Jesus with no expectation of reward.
  • No Need for Public Approval –
    1. Proverbs 29:25  “The fear of man bringeth a snare:  but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”
    2. Acts 5:29  “…we ought to obey God rather than men.”
    3. This decision is made before we are leaders!  We must decide that God controls our life.
    4. We can never have complete harmony with God and the World at the same time!
    5. Are we willing to be ostracized by the world and stand for Christ?
      1. Kentucky Clerk – Not issuing marriage licenses to sodomites.
      2. Bakeries/Photographers – refusing to provide service to sodomite weddings.
      3. Standing against Abortion – when it is being more accepted in America and the world.
  • Moderation –
    1. Bible speaks against Kings, princes, deacons, pastors not being given to wine or strong drink.
    2. Commanded to not be drunk with wine but be filled with the Spirit.
    3. But what about other things that calls for moderation as a Biblical leader?
      1. Balance of hobbies with responsibility
      2. Balance of our personal pursuits with Biblical duties
      3. Balance of our daily living with our walk with God
    4. There are so many other things we need to moderate:
      1. Diets
      2. Exercise
      3. Finances
      4. Education
    5. Great Leaders moderate their lives Biblically so that they can be a good testimony for others and to glorify God.
  • Submission to God –
    1. Proverbs 21:1-2 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water:  he turneth it withersoever he will.  Every way of man is right in his own eyes:  but the Lord pondereth the hearts.”
    2. Perhaps this is the MOST important trait of Biblical leadership.
    3. We must submit our mind and life to God and allow him to guide us in His perfect will.
    4. If we submit to God, then our lives will reflect it and show a true testimony of Christ to a lost world and fellow believers.
    5. We should never be ashamed to let those in our leadership KNOW that we are a believer and that we follow Christ.
      1. Look for opportunity to share Christ.
      2. Look for opportunity to incorporate Biblical practices into leadership.
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Apathy

This week I will be teaching on Apathy in Sunday School, and it has really caused me to stop and think about how easily we are sidelined in the cause of Christ. It is a constant and daily battle to keep our minds focused on the reality of our position in this world and what is to be gained or lost for all of eternity. This thought was reinforced at Prayer Meeting last night when, again, the topic was that of our society and how complacent and lackluster we as Christians have become in America. Things that use to move us with great zeal and compassion now at best raise a spiritual eyebrow only to sink back down into the boggy religious quagmire we now find ourselves living in. It seems that everyone you speak to is “saved” yet why are our families, communities, and churches decaying all around us? It is a challenge for all of us to remember daily the ultimate reason for our drawing breath each day- to worship God and bring honor and glory to Him! What better way to do that than to lead a life that is reflective of Christ’s teachings and actions? Go tell someone today!

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Heaven’s Ambassadors

This weekend I had a great time doing what I love to do – BBQ! We competed in a BBQ competition with some of the greatest cooks in the country – and I got a good south Georgia whoopin’. While that part was not fun, it made me see that you can’t just up and compete after a 2 year hiatus and expect to get anywhere near a competitive score much less any money or trophies! To win at professional BBQ you have to be willing to put in extra time, money, and YES- calories to practice practice practice until you get something worth someone talking about. Just because you think it’s good doesn’t mean that you are going to have your own Food Network show the next week! Professional BBQ is subjective. It is based on what a chosen group of 6 people at an assigned table thinks about your food. There are certainly just going to be times that you do everything you knew to do and yet still fail miserably at awards time. I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman this weekend that was assigned the spot beside me in the contest. I would only know him a short while, but in the small amount of time we were there, he was nice and gracious to allow me to try some of his competition food- including his chicken that he went on to win 1st place out of 72 teams with a perfect score! We joked during turn in that “hey – they changed the turn in spot to the campground down the road” and “they just said we are supposed to turn the boxes in upside down” and just had a fun time enjoying what we both loved to do. Shortly after the awards ceremony, that gentleman returned to his site to pack up to leave for home and went into cardiac arrest. He died shortly thereafter and I found myself faced with a hard reality: That gentleman was at that moment forever ushered out into eternity – where was he? In all the fun and camaraderie of competitive BBQ talk- why didn’t I ask him about his relationship with God when I had the opportunity? I was ashamed to face the fact that it is so easy to talk to total strangers about BBQ yet keep our mouth shut when prompted by the spirit to share Christ. We are Heaven’s Ambassadors! It is so easy to become lazy in our walk with Christ and comfortable with the fact that we have been blood bought and redeemed and have our place in Glory secure. A man that took time to share some BBQ tips with me to help me get better at my craft just the day before was now dead! What is also sad is that I wasn’t moved enough to share with him the greatest information of all – that there is a risen Savior for sinners like us who loves us and wants us to be reconciled to God so that we can one day spend eternity in Glory. Apart from that gentleman, only God knows his relationship to Christ and where he is at this moment. What a sobering thing to know that we may very well be the last testimony of Christ to someone on this earth at any given time on any given day. Have we became so cold and callous that the reality of Hell no longer moves us to speak to a dying world about a Living Savior?

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Family Outing in St Marks!

We had a great visit this past weekend to St Marks and the preserve! We enjoyed walking on the beach, seeing the many beautiful animals and the old historic lighthouse. So many beautiful things around us put us in constant reminder of God and His love for us and His creation. We didn’t see any bears, jaguars, or other elusive things- but we did get a big laugh at the visitor’s center when we read someone logged into the journal there that they saw a “skunk ape”. We also made a quick stop at Wakulla Springs but this is definitely a stop for warmer weather! We hope to go back real soon!
Lighthouse at St. Marks

Beautiful beach

Boys on a beach

Comin' in

Hanging out

Wakulla Springs

Soakin' up the sun

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God’s Creation

It was a very cool morning for Southwest Georgia this morning!  My wife and I sat on the dock admiring God’s creation in the warm sunshine.  Woodpeckers, sparrows, cardinals, squirrels all busy gathering and feeding.  What a great reminder about God’s awesome power, grace, and love for us!  To know that He cares even for the sparrows should make us feel emboldened to approach his throne as an adopted child on a regular basis.  The fruit trees throughout our yard are now entering the window of time for pruning so that we can get an abundant supply of delicious things in the fall!  It made me think of my spiritual growth and the need for “pruning” out the dead places in my walk with Christ and nurturing growth through the reading and meditation on God’s Word.  Unlike an annual chore for the fruit trees, as Christians we should be “pruning” on a constant basis- getting rid of unwanted sprouts of bitterness, jealousy, hatred, and other carnal snares.  We should all commit to that spiritual “pruning” today and see what God can do in our lives!

The backyard view from my writing desk.  God's wonderful, beautiful creation!

Looking out our office window at God’s beautiful creation!

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Happy New Year!

We have made it to 2015!  Wow… it seems like just yesterday we had started 2014, but time continues to move forward.  So many things in the world today make me wonder- how much longer until Christ’s return?  The news is constantly alive with hate and lies aimed at Israel and in America we continue to decline as we drift as a nation further from God and His Word.  So- is there a positive outlook?  Of course!  We have yet another year to proclaim the good news of the Gospel and to let God’s Word shine through us and our lives every day.  Whether at work, home, school, or anywhere in between, we have the opportunity — the obligation— to represent our King.

It is also a time of year for resolutions.  I am horrible with resolutions!  But what better time in our lives than now to choose to make changes to have a greater impact for Christ and His Kingdom?  All of our victories in life must be based on the foundation of the preparation made through His Word.  We should decide and commit to spend that necessary preparation time daily in His Word and in prayer.  What soldier can truly go forth and battle successfully for a commander to which he has not given an earnest ear and attentive spirit to know the battle plan?

We all fall short daily of accomplishing all we are capable of with time management, prayer, and preparation through the Spirit.  No one likes to hear that their priorities are not in order — especially me!  But— are our priorities truly in order?  As we start 2015- are we doing what is necessary to accomplish every task that is humanly possible by our part, so that God can move in those areas that only He is sovereign?

Happy New Year!  What a great thought as we enter another year that brings us closer to the return of our Savior!

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