Someone who had far reaching influence in his time and who continues to inspire. </li></ul>What is your definition of a Christian Leader? <br />
Leaders ??? <br />* Leaders – How do they come about? <br /> Some say Leaders are born. <br /><ul><li>Natural leaders – born with certain abilities ... Innate Qualities.
They can be easily spotted in the football field ... In the classroom ... In the Church
They stand out – have influence. Others follow them. </li></ul>Are Christian leaders born?<br />
Some say Leaders are made.<br /><ul><li> Highly educated – broad based education in which they have degrees across fields (BA in education, Masters in Business, PhD in Psychology).
Specialized education – they are involved in research and become experts in certain field(s).
They acquire various skills. I know of a pastor who was hired coz he knew how to play golf.
These are people who will constantly acquire certificates & skills to keep ahead of others to have influence – to be marketable. </li></ul>Are Christian Leaders made? <br />
The Bible says, <br />“I have chosen one of his sons to be King.” 1 Sam. 16:1<br />Christian Leaders are chosen by God and recognized by Spirit filled servants of God. <br />
<ul><li>Moses was chosen when he was in his eighties ... When he had unlearned ... When he felt that he could not even stand before the Pharaoh, who was his playmate.
David was chosen as a boy over his strong militarily trained brothers.
God chose Saul, head and shoulders above the Israelites, and then tried to work on his heart.
When that failed ... He chose David who’s heart was stayed on Him. Later equipped him to be the greatest King of Israel.
Prophet Jeremiah was chosen ...</li></ul>“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born ... I ordained you a prophet”Jer. 1:5 <br />Christian Leaders are chosen by God at different point in time to fit into a need ... To lead His people ... To fulfil His eternal purposes. <br />
God’s Criteria for Choosing ...<br /><ul><li>Although the criteria will depend on the task. Yet all those chosen have one thing in common ...
1 Sam 16 : 7 tells us that God’s criteria is different from man’s.
Its not the physique – outward appearance is often deceptive.
It’s not the gray matter – a brilliant mind is often dependent on oneself, is given to reason, limiting His wonder working power.
It’s not the abilities – people who are conscious of their abilities are often full of themselves, they take things into their hands. </li></ul>God chooses leaders based on the ‘heart matters’ <br />The inner man is what makes a Christian leader. <br />
When God Looks Down ... <br /><ul><li>He sees the corrupted ... Violent ... Wicked world
God did not choose Noah – </li></ul>Coz he was a great builder<br />Coz he had a large following ... was recognized as a local leader <br />Coz he was a convincing preacher <br />Coz he was good with animals<br />God called Noah to do that great task coz God was the centre ... the first in Noah’s life. <br />
Gen. 6: 9, 20; 8:20;<br />God chose Noah coz ... <br />a. Noah was a righteous man<br />b. blameless among the people of his time<br />c. he walked with God.<br /> d. Noah did everything just as God commanded him.”<br />e. The first thing Noah did when he stepped on dry land was to build an altar for the Lord and worshipped Him. <br />Gen. 6:9, 20; 8:20<br />If God is to choose you, strengthen your DAILY walk with Him and ask Him to give you a heart that obeys implicitly. <br />
Visibility of a Christian leader<br /><ul><li> Is a Christian Leader easily spotted by man?
In the land of the Midians people knew Moses as a adventurous shepherd who climbed hills & mountains.
In the eyes of God Moses was the leader to bring deliverance to the Israelites. </li></ul>Even Prophet Samuel was so confused in Jessie’s house. In his assessment each of the seven sons of Jessie could have been the next King of Israel. <br />Don’t forget ... Christian Leaders are chosen by God and recognized by Spirit filled servants of God who listen to His promptings. <br />
Shepherd Boy by Ray Boltz<br />One by One Jesse’s sons<br />Stood before the prophet<br />Their father knew a king <br />would soon be found <br />And each one passed except the last<br />No one thought to call him<br />Surely he would never <br />wear a crown<br />But when others see a shepherd boy God may see a king<br />Even though your life seems filled<br />With ordinary things<br />In just a moment He can touch you<br />And everything will change<br />When others see a shepherd boy<br />God may see a king<br />