In the world but not of it

June 26, 2010

Too aware of ourselves…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

He wasn’t aware that his face had become radiant because he had spoken to the LORD. Exodus 34:29

It is generally expected that anyone in a position of power and prominence will display some form of pride and ego.

Although there are many “servant-oriented” leaders in the world, they are few in the overall picture. Most of them, as courteous and seemingly humble as they are, have a sense of pride about their accomplishments since it is in our nature to want the credit and willingly accept it when it is offered.

But these few servant-oriented leaders carry a small secret, not a secret they deliberately keep from others but one that seems to not be as obvious to those around them. That secret is simply an understanding that their success is not just about them.

They know deep down inside that they are fortunate and are surrounded by people and circumstances that have worked together to promote them and bring them favor.

Yes, they work hard and have the right mix of skills and experience for the job but it takes more than that.

As a leader, Moses knew that his ability to lead was all predicated on his relationship with God. God had called him; God had equipped him, prepared him, protected him and provided for him all along. Moses could not be convinced or made to believe for one second that his leadership and success had anything to do with him.

He simply wasn’t aware because it was not about him at all. More importantly, the people saw God in his life.

That is the best compliment a godly leader can get – to have the Lord be evident in their life.

The problem is that we spend too much time “being aware” because we make it about us. All this, of course, does not apply only to those in leadership. This is a lesson for all of us.

If we truly care about God’s glory then we won’t care about our own.

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