Leadership Factory 3
God gave us a divine mandate to lead.
Leadership is: influencing people to give their best toward a defined goal as pictured by a particular leader.
You Were Born to Lead
The first description of mankind in the Bible involves leadership.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:26, NLT
God won’t call you to do something without equipping you to do it!
You Have Divine Permission to Lead
When God called Moses, he instantly gave five excuses why he couldn’t lead. Notice God’s answer to him.
Excuse One: Who am I? (Exodus 3:11-12)
Moses struggled with his identity. He didn’t feel qualified.
God’s response: It doesn’t matter who you are. I have called you. I am with you.
“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Excuse Two: Who are you? (Exodus 3:13–14)
Moses struggled with intimacy with God.
God’s response: I AM WHO I AM.
If we’re going to lead, we’ve got to draw close with God everyday.
Excuse Three: What if they don’t listen? (Exodus 4:1- 9)
Moses struggled with intimidation. He worried about the people’s reaction to him. This is called the fear of man.
God’s response: I’m everything you need.
Excuse Four: I don’t have the right skills. (Exodus 4:10–12)
Moses felt less than and unprepared.
God’s response: I made your mouth. I will show you what to say.
Excuse Five: Someone else is better than me. (Exodus 4:13–16)
Moses struggled with inferiority.
Avoid the Comparison Trap: Always find someone better and worse.
God’s response: I will let Aaron go with you and help, but I’m still calling you to go.
Ditch the excuses and develop into the leader God has called you to be.