Just being a leader with a vision is not enough. When the spirit of risk-taking is removed from a leader, you make the leader ineffective and very quickly move from pioneering to maintaining.
In a society and culture where safety and security are important, the word risk has little favor. Many clever marketing campaigns have been designed to generate fear or concern, creating a natural urge in us to stay away from risk. Just think of all the insurance products we have! The idea of risk has been unnecessarily packed with many negative implications.
Yet a leader needs to see risk as a friend to embrace not an enemy to fear.
If you’re feeling stalled, stuck in maintenance mode, consider your good friend, risk. Maybe you need to get re-acquainted?
From Numbers 11, this is the sixth of 6 key lessons we can learn from Moses’ attitude towards his problems and how God used his problems to increase His Leadership capacity.
Leadership Lesson 6: Realise all that God has put inside of you
Moses did not realise, what was in him was greater than what was coming on him! (Vs 16 & 17)
Moses felt he did not have any more fuel left in him to fight another battle.
God tells Moses to bring 70 men and I will come and take the spirit that I have already put inside of you and I will put it on them Vs 17. God did not bring anything from heaven – it was already inside Moses! Before the foundations of the earth God knew you and had a plan and purpose for you; He has deposited all that you need to fulfil His plan – it is already inside of you – it may be dormant but it is there! God is trying to bring those dormant abilities, gifts, talents, calling, vision, and potential out through the pain that you are going through – like childbirth!
God is good and He will bring good out of everything because you love Him.
Moses had 70 times greater capacity than he thought he had. One minute he was ready to die, the next minute 70 others are raised up to leadership through his spirit!
70 leaders are born through the pain that Moses went through! How many are inside you?! Don’t die with them! If Moses had died two verses earlier as he wanted, those 70 would have never come… What is in you is greater than what is coming on you!
Moses wanted to and asked God to kill him, imagine what would have happened if God had answered his prayer? There are good reasons why the Lord does not answer all your prayers!
Don’t go to your grave before birthing all that God has put inside of you.
– Do you know what God has put inside of you?
– What do you need to do next to see the breakthrough?
From Numbers 11, this is the fifth of 6 key lessons we can learn from Moses’ attitude towards his problems and how God used his problems to increase His Leadership capacity.
Leadership Lesson 5: Are you leading a crowd or a team?
Moses was leading a crowd and not a team- he was a one man show – not empowering others, not delegating – perhaps a control freak and a perfectionist? (v13-16).
His language reflects that – where am I to get meat? I am not able to bear it; burden is too heavy for me. When you build teams not only jobs and responsibilities are shared by them – problems are also. So you don’t have to carry the entire load by yourself. But Moses had no one to share this with you. This is highlighted to him when his father in law comes to visit him. (God can even use your father in law to help youJ)
Later on in this story we see God’s answer to Moses’ problems was to build a team, who shared his spirit, vision and DNA.
People often ask me how can you live in Australia and yet lead a large ministry in Asia? It was a strategic decision – best way for leaders to be raised up and teams to be built is for you to be absent!! (at least for periods of time!!)
– Are you leading a crowd or a team?
– If you were to take a long vacation what will happen to the work you are leading?
From Numbers 11, this is the fourth of 6 key lessons we can learn from Moses’ attitude towards his problems and how God used those problems to increase Moses’ leadership capacity.
Leadership Lesson 4: Don’t ever forget the destiny to which God has called you.
Moses had amnesia – he forgot his call, what God did for him, who God is and what his destiny in God was!
When leaders start to have amnesia, it is a slippery slide to a dangerous place. Moses, who man who saw God in the burning bush, Moses the great leader who stood before Pharaoh and declared “let my people go”, Moses who crossed the Red Sea and witnessed countless miracles, Moses the one who received The Ten Commandments from God’s hand – now just wanted to die! Why? Because he could not, or did not, want to remember what His God is capable of.
When significant things happened in the Old Testament, most leaders built an altar, so that they, and future generations, would remember what happened there. Start building altars in case you start having amnesia!
As we drive towards our destiny we must have a rear vision mirror that will show us all the great things that God has done for us!
Ps 103:2 urges us not to forget all the good things He has done in our life.
- How is your memory of what God has spoken to you and done in your life?
- How are you building Alters?
We see challenges and problems negatively, we think they are intended to destroy and damage us. But God has promised us that He will work all together for good, so we should start seeing opportunities emerging through our challenges and problems.
People don’t fail because of lack of information, but because of lack of character.