God does not choose and then call His leaders based on the world’s standard or criteria. For example, when Jesus chose the twelve disciples for His Father’s very important task, He chose no one from the “religious establishment”. A look back on the pattern of God’s choice of leaders is much different than the ways of man and this world’s organizations.
In this blog, we will look at some general principles that God employs in the choosing and calling of leaders. Then we will look at specific leaders God called in the following blogs to look more closely at these principles. For now, consider the following references:
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:26–29).
It is evident that God’s choice of anyone for His work will be those who are humbled by the call, who are weak in their own estimation, and have nothing but what God supplies. They realize there is nothing in themselves that warrants even being considered by God for His work. At the same time, they are persons who are willing to obey divine instructions without knowing the path before them or what sacrifices they will need to make along the way. Such persons will not fit into the world’s idea of a good leader or the ‘cookie cutter’ model of educational systems. They will have a growing devotion to the Lord and His Word, self-discipline and a servant’s attitude.
These and other characteristics will be examined in the blogs that follow. It really does not matter what has characterized you in the past. It does matter how you prepare for the future.
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13–14).
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