Why is love the first trait of an effective Christian leader? Because “people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Biblical love is a decision to deeply care about the welfare of others, and to act toward them and speak with them in ways that meet their true needs.
The unifying theme of the Bible is the glory of God. His glory is seen in all things, including Creation, Redemption, and the Just Judgment of those who don’t repent.
Christian leadership is developing people through work, living and speaking in such a way that those led are drawn toward Jesus Christ.
God generally gives one or more chances to repent before judgment comes.
“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!” -Ezekiel 18:32
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? -Romans 2:4
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. -2 Peter 3:9
Sphere of Influence
Each of us does have a sphere of influence we are leaders in, and will give an account to God for how we used those positions to advance His causes.
Praises and Thanks
Here’s the difference between praise and thanks - We praise God for who He is, and we thank Him for what He does! The 2 overlap in grateful hearts!
Perhaps when ungodly people act toward us as God has said they would act toward us, we should say under our breath, “God told me it would be like this!”
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” -Jesus in John 16:33
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” -2 Timothy 3:12
For Jesus, people who needed Him were never a distraction to fulfilling His mission – they were His mission!
God is More Than Able
God is more than able to multitask, and as He acts to deliver Israel He will also be judging the false gods of Egypt. Every plague judgment corresponds to a false god Egypt worshipped, including Ruler worship.
Remember Your Faith
Time and time again Moses will have to remember His own faith in God, and his experience seeing God act to do His will. Moses will have to buy in afresh, and keep getting His people to buy in afresh. So it is with the leaders burden.