An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lead from Where You Are

(Proverbs 31:4 KJV)  It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Since there are only 30 days thismonth I thought I would put in something from Chapter 31.

I think this chapter has a lot to teach us about godly leadership.  Here it is about kings.  Later we see the same principle when it is talking about the excellent wife.  Leaders, or “rulers” (7336) ,  are not allowed to have the weaknesses of the masses.  Leaders are to make sure that they are in the condition to take care of those below them.

Leadership involves self-denial.  This is a Biblical concept.  Some in society may embrace it, but in general Biblical leadership does not bestow privilege, it bestows duty and responsibility. 

You say, “But I am not a leader?”  Actually you are.  God has put you in a position to represent Him.  You are to do it your way, with your personality.  You are pointing the unsaved toward salvation.  You are encouraging spiritual siblings to move on to maturity.  You are raising children.  You are an influence. 

Here it talks about strong drink but the principle applies to any area of our lives that weaken our ability to lead.  What keeps you from being a good example?  Do you fail to control your temper?  Do you drive like you accuse others of driving?  Do you borrow and not return?  Do you let others do all the heavy lifting?  Fill in the blank.

Accept the fact that your are an influence, if not a king.

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