Scripture Passage: Job 2:1-13
Leaders Will Be Criticised
When Job lost his children and all that he had, including his health, his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar came to visit him. The purpose of their visit was to mourn with him and comfort him. However, if you are familiar with Job’s story, you already know that this purpose was not achieved as these men soon began to criticise Job. They seemed to be under the impression that Job must have done something very bad to suffer such affliction. Job did not need their criticism but he got it all the same.
The lesson here is this; leaders will be criticised. Therefore, get used to it. Leaders must recognise that criticism comes with the territory. And criticism is not necessarily a bad thing. But, they need to have the maturity and security in themselves to handle criticism correctly. After Eliphaz, Bildad and Zophar criticised Job, he prayed for them.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to respond positively to criticism, that I may become better and not bitter.
Scripture Passage: Matthew 23:1-4
Dishonest Leaders Demand that Others Meet Standards They Are Unwilling to Meet
In teaching the multitude and His disciples, Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.” These leaders were two-faced. Jesus frowned at this.
The lesson here is this; dishonest leaders demand that others meet standards they are unwilling to meet. If the leader can’t make the grade, he has no moral justification to demand this of others. To do otherwise bothers on hypocrisy and a lack of integrity. And people are more willing to follow leaders who recommend principles that have worked for them.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to be a good example to those I lead.
Scripture Passage: Nehemiah 1:1-11
Leadership Begins When We Accept Responsibility
Nehemiah was a captive but became a leader. When he heard that the walls of Jerusalem were broken down and the gates burnt with fire and he decided to return and re-build the walls. He was not the first Jew to learn of the broken down walls, there were Jews living in Jerusalem when the walls were destroyed, including those who took the news to Nehemiah in a strange land. However, none took responsibility for its restoration. They probably thought, “if I didn’t break it why should I fix it?” That is a follower’s attitude. And so Nehemiah became their leader.
The lesson here is this; leadership begins when we accept responsibility. And this is for ourselves and our actions, and for others. Those who shy away from responsibility never become leaders, at best they may occupy leadership positions but they will never obtain the influence that makes a leader. Accepting responsibility is the way up. Begin today to embrace responsibility.
Prayer: Father, give me the grace to accept responsibility.
Scripture Passage: Ezra 6:1-16
The People Will Prosper with the Right Leaders
King Darius issued a decree to the Jews to re-build the house of God in Jerusalem. And the Bible says, “And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” These kings and prophets motivated the Jews to attain what they hitherto considered impossible.
The lesson here is this; the people will prosper with the right leaders. The right association will cause people to grow and flourish whereas the wrong association will choke life out of them. When people find the right leaders who inspire and motivate them, their success becomes inevitable. If you desire success, seek out leaders who recognise your potentials and drive you to be all you can be.
Prayer: Father, help me to follow the right leaders per time.
Scripture Passage: Job 1:1-22; 2:1-10
Uncommon Leaders Retain Their Integrity Even in Crisis
The Bible refers to Job as “the greatest of all men in the east.” Job was not only a great man; he was also a man with integrity. In introducing Job, the Bible says; “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil.” Many people appear to be upright but a crisis situation soon causes the mask to drop. This was not the case with Job and at some point his wife said to him, “dost thou still retain thine integrity?” But Job rebuked her and Job did not sin.
The lesson here is this; uncommon leaders retain their integrity even in crisis. Anyone can retain their integrity when all is well, but it takes an extraordinary person to retain their integrity when going through the storms of life. A crisis will always reveal the leader’s true character.
Prayer: Father, help me to become a person with integrity.
Scripture Passage: Job 1:1-5
Leaders Who Don’t Train Their Followers Will Constantly Make Atonement for Them
The Bible says concerning Job’s children, “And his sons went and feasted in their houses…and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them….and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, it may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.” Obviously, Job had not transferred his values and philosophies to his children via training. Therefore, he could not vouch for their behaviour and continually feared that they had sinned.
The lesson here is this; leaders who don’t train their followers will constantly make atonement for them. This is burdensome and distracting as the leader repeatedly seeks ways to make amends for actual or perceived wrongdoings. Training is the way out.
Prayer: Father, help me to see the benefits of training.
Scripture Passage: 2 Kings 2:1-15
Leaders Who Remain Focused Will Eventually Find What They Seek
As Elisha made one final journey with Elijah, he sought a double portion of the spirit of Elijah, his departing master. He refused to be distracted by Elijah who tried severally to dissuade him from continuing the journey and by the sons of the prophets. Finally, when he voiced his desire to Elijah, he was informed that he had asked a hard thing but would get it if he saw Elijah when he was caught up. He required absolute focus to get his desire and Elisha remained focused. He returned as Elijah’s successor and carrying a double portion of Elijah’s spirit.
The lesson here is this; leaders who remain focused will eventually find what they seek. Distractions emerge to take the leader off course but focus will keep him on track. Focus is at the root of the fulfilment of every vision. The leader who will succeed must recognise and resist distraction in any form or shape.
Prayer: Father, help me to stay focused.