Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Leadership (Part 14)
Choose wise, understanding, and knowledgeable men from among your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.
Deuteronomy 1:13 (NKJV)
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts... This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:13-17 (NKJV)
Certainly, our leaders should be wise, so God reveals two sources of wisdom: heavenly and demonic. Are we inspired by 'The Mind of Christ' (1 Corinthians 2:16) or 'The angel of the abyss' (Revelation 9:11)?
Consider two definitions of important words in today's key Scriptures:
1) Wisdom: a) knowledge of what is true or right; b) scholarly knowledge or learning*
2) Understanding: a) enlightened intelligence; b) intellectual faculties*
3) Knowledge: a) acquaintance with truths; b) acquaintance with facts*
Godly leaders form the A Team, because their wisdom comes from above. They possess 'a knowledge of what is right' by means of an 'enlightened intelligence' and 'acquaintance with truths.' They lead by GPS: a godly positioning system with holy values. His Spirit directs them and their followers above the potholes, pit stops and confusion of life.
Earthly leaders form the B Team, because their wisdom comes from below. They possess a 'scholarly knowledge of learning' by means of 'intellectual faculties' and an 'acquaintance with facts.' They lead by a different GPS: a global positioning system with men's values. Other spirits direct them and their followers into the potholes, pit stops and confusion of life.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: you are the A Team. Never leave home or lead others without the right navigation system.
To Be Continued...
* Definitions are from the Random House Dictionary.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.