One of the most critical areas that must have clear vision in the Church is leadership. While there are many examples we could examine, I will select a couple from the Old Testament that point to a character quality that is so important for spiritual 2020 vision.
Moses valued the presence of God more than anything. That began early in his career when “the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush” (Exodus3:2). As he began leading the Israelites through the wilderness, the people sinned against God and made for themselves a “golden calf” as their god. This was repulsive to Moses who knew God and he took “the tent [where he met with God] and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp” (33:7).
This had a huge influence on “his assistant, Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent” (33:11). I ask you; are those around you influenced by your love for the presence of God? Joshua certainly was and it prepared him to become the next leader of Israel; getting them across the Jordan River into the Promised Land. This “young man” influenced another young man; Caleb. Together they stood against a whole nation who rebelled and lied about the Land.
Many leadership books point to different styles of leadership as being valid in our day. There is one characteristic every leader must have – a love for the presence of God and making that a priority daily! If it requires that you set aside some things others want you to do, set them aside. NOTHING should stand between you and being alone with the Lord!
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