In naming this article, I want to emphasize "Godly". Webster's Dictionary defines Godly as, "Believing in God and in the importance of living a moral life". If this is you, please continue reading.
Throughout the scripture, we have examples of Godly leaders. In reading about them, we can understand their lives and struggles. We can also see what made them special to God.
A Godly leader must be willing to stand alone and declare the truth of God's Word. Although, it can be a lonely position, the reward is great.
During the time of Noah, there were perhaps millions of people on Earth. They had become violent and God looked to destroy the them. One scripture reveals to us that God found one solitary leader amongst millions to save mankind.
Genesis 6:8 ~ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
The Godly leader makes tough decisions despite the influence of peers, church members and the world. Noah built an ark and preached that God was going to destroy the world when it had never rained. In the end, his faithfulness and obedience was rewarded by God through the saving of his family.
Hebrews 11:7 ~ By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
A Godly leader must be willing to sacrifice for the promise of a greater reward. Abraham caught the attention of God and was promised that he would be a great nation. The promise required something of Abraham.
Genesis 12:1 - 2 ~ Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
God may not require you to physically move to be a Godly leader, but our attitude and actions should reflect our willingness to sacrifice all for God. Sacrifice is essential for all Christians because we must "deny ourselves" and "take up the cross", but leaders should be on a different plane. There were many people that sacrificed in the Bible. There were many that faithfully paid their tithes, raised their families in the laws of God, fasted and prayed, but we read of those leaders that laid it all on the line.
- David killed Goliath.
- Nehemiah left Shushan for Jerusalem
- The disciples left their nets and followed Jesus.
Godly leaders are not always the best but they do not let their failures define them. Peter was a "hothead" and a coward. David was an adulterer and murderer. The Apostle Paul persecuted the church. Moses was disobedient. Abraham tried to hurry the promise and Gideon told God that he was not worthy...
Judges 6:15 ~ And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
Godly leaders stand up when knocked down. They do not let the perceptions of others interfere with their mission to reach the lost. Peter and John were thought to be uneducated and ignorant, but what mattered was everyone knew they had been with Jesus.
There have been whole books written on leadership. It takes commitment, faithfulness and being more stubborn than the devil, but it is not impossible because of grace. Leadership can be lonely, requires tough decisions, sacrifice and an ability to bounce back when knocked down. It is not for the weak, but the reward of heaven outweighs anything that is required of us in this life.