Scripture Passage: 1 Kings 4:29-34
Wise Leaders Become Great Leaders
Solomon became a great leader on the platform of wisdom. The Bible says concerning him, “And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.” He became a leader amongst leaders, a first amongst equals, this speaks of greatness. And this he achieved on the basis of wisdom.
The lesson here is this; wise leaders become great leaders. Wisdom has the ability to take one from the dunghill and cause him to sit amongst princes. Wisdom will always enthrone and foolishness will always dethrone. Wisdom makes great. Go for wisdom.
Prayer: Father, give me the wisdom that comes only from you.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 21:1-7
Great Leaders Strive to Keep Their Word
When the Gibeonites asked for the lives of seven of Saul’s sons, David did not hesitate, according to the Bible, he said, “I will give them.” However, the Bible goes on to say, “But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, because of the Lord’s oath that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.” Jonathan was long dead, but David remembered the oath he had sworn to Jonathan and honoured it.
The lesson here is this; great leaders strive to keep their word. For such, their word is their bond. They do not give take their word lightly. If and when they give their word, they do everything in their power to keep it. The one to whom they gave the word may not be around to hold them accountable but great leaders hold themselves accountable.
Prayer: Father, help me to be a keeper of my word.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 21:1-6
Bad Leaders Make Decisions that Have Far Reaching Consequences for Those They Lead
During Saul’s reign as king of Israel, he slew the Gibeonites contrary to the vow Israel had made with them during Joshua’s time. As a result, of this sin against the Gibeonites, there was famine in the land. When David called the Gibeonites to ask how they would be appeased, they said, “let seven men of his sons be delivered unto us, and we will hang them up unto the Lord in Gibeah of Saul.” And thus seven of Saul’s sons lost their lives. When Saul decided to kill the Gibeonites, that decision had far reaching consequences for his immediate family and the nation of Israel.
The lesson here is this; bad leaders make decisions that have far reaching consequences for those they lead. Their decisions spell doom for those connected to them and this is in most cases long after their demise. And sometimes the consequences persist for generations.
Prayer: Father, help me to make wise choices and right decisions.
A Lesson from the Life of Bishop David O. Oyedepo
Only Secure Leaders Can Get Their People to Line Up With the Vision
Bishop David Oyedepo is one of the greatest ministers of the gospel in this generation. As it is his birthday today, I decided to do a lesson from his life. Recently, I heard him speak about Covenant University (the higher institution that is part of the education arm of his ministry). According to him, in the early days he was very tough on students and lecturers alike as he got them to line up with the vision. This was certainly not party time and obviously not everyone was having fun. But today, Covenant University is rated number one in West Africa.
The lesson here is this; only secure leaders can get their people to line up with the vision. This is not an easy task and certainly not for the insecure leader who wants to be liked by all. Only secure leaders are able to achieve this. They understand that not everyone will like the leader and for them this is okay. Truth is, the leader who wants everyone to like him will never succeed in getting them to line up with the vision. He also will not succeed in fulfilling the vision. As John Maxwell has said, the leader is not a clown and he is not running a circus but an organisation. Leaders do well to remember this.
Prayer: Father, take me from circus clown to leader.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 18:1-3, 1 Samuel 22:1-2 1 Chronicles 11:10
Great Leaders Produce Greater Leaders
Prior to becoming king, David had four hundred men who joined themselves to him. Initially they were described as in debt, and discontent but as David began to lead them they became mighty men and could say to David, “You will not go with us to war.” (Paraphrased) They had become mighty warriors like David and were not afraid to go to war without him.
The lesson here is this; great leaders produce greater leaders. You can tell that the leader is great when his people become better than he. Like begets like, everyone and everything produces after its kind. Giants only give birth to giants. Therefore, the child of the elephant will never have to pray to be big. You can tell who a leader is by looking at those he leads.
Prayer: Father, help me to choose my mentors and leaders wisely.
Scripture Passage: Joshua 24:1-15
Leaders Take a Stand on Behalf of Those They Lead
In his farewell speech to the children of Israel, Joshua said, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua was first a leader in his home and he decided on behalf of his family, that they would serve God. He was exercising his privileges as a leader.
The lesson here is this; leaders take a stand on behalf of those they lead. They take charge of their immediate environment and determine the happenings there. They pass on their visions, values and philosophies to those around them and declare what will or will not be permitted within their sphere of influence.
Prayer: Father, help me to take a stand for what is right.
Scripture Passage: 2 Samuel 6:1-5
Leaders Are Part of the Team
The Bible says concerning David, “Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God……..And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.” David was not in some faraway place giving instructions. He was in the midst of the people working with them.
The lesson here is this; leaders are part of the team. Therefore, they work with the team. A boss gives orders. But true leaders adopt the hands on approach, pitching in when required and demonstrating practically to their people how the work ought to be done. Leaders are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Are you a leader or a boss?
Prayer: Father, make me a leader.
Scripture Passage: Ezra 7:10
Leaders Do Before they Teach
Ezra was a scribe and a leader in Israel. The Bible says concerning him, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgements.” Notice that Ezra prepared his heart to seek the law and do it, then teach it. He did not prepare his heart to seek the law and teach it which is what unfortunately many do today. They are not leaders.
The lesson here is this; leaders do before they teach. Leaders take others where they have been themselves. They share with others principles they have practised and practise which work for them. Leaders should really not be teaching any principle unless they have first practised same. And leaders should only teach what they practise. Jesus, in my opinion, was the greatest leader that ever lived and He began to do and teach (Acts 1:1). This is credibility.
Prayer: Father, make me a credible person.
Scripture Passage: Esther 4:1-17
Those who are Prepared to Perish Seldom Perish
When Mordecai asked Esther to save the Jews, she feared for her life and made excuses. Mordecai responded thus, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place…….and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” These words brought forth the saviour in Esther. She vowed to deliver her people in their darkest hour, and sealed that vow with the famous six words, “and if I perish, I perish.” She did not perish, rather she saved the Jews from perishing and became a national hero.
The lesson here is this; those who are prepared to perish seldom perish. Jesus rightly said that those who want to save their lives will lose it and those who want to lose their lives will find it. A willingness to serve others even to one’s own detriment has led many to greatness. True leaders understand this.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to stand up for what is right.
Scripture Passage: Esther 4:1-17
Great Women Are Saviours
When Mordecai asked Esther to save the Jews, she feared for her life and made excuses. Mordecai responded thus, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place…….and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” These words brought forth the saviour in Esther. She vowed to deliver her people in their darkest hour, and sealed that vow with the famous six words, “and if I perish, I perish.”
The lesson here is this; great women are saviours. According to an online dictionary, a saviour is, “a person who saves someone or something from danger or difficulty.” Throughout history, great women have rescued their families and nations from danger and difficulty even at great risk to their own lives. Great women do not sit and watch problems. Great women arise to fix problems. Great women are saviours. Great women are leaders.
Prayer: Father, make me a saviour.