Exodus 18:24 “So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.”
Many of us know at least one person whose qualities of leadership are worthy of taking note. Of those qualities, I believe that the ability to continually learn is vital.
Moses had been chosen by God to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. What he received was a group of people who needed to learn how to handle their freedom. As slaves, they had everything provided for them. When it wasn’t there, they told the masters, the Egyptians, and they offered.
Here in the desert, the Israelites were without food and complained. They were without water and again, they complained. Moses was learning how to become a leader, as well.
Earlier, he asked God what to do with this whining, complaining people.
Exodus 17:4 “And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me.”
In the reality of his relationship with God, Moses remained open to whatever it was God had for him to do. Then, his father-in-law, Jethro, comes to deliver his wife and family to him.
He hears of the great deliverance at the Red Sea and rejoices with them. He then sees how burdensome the position of leadership has become. Moses didn’t attend any conference, seminar, or college to learn how to be a good leader. Yet, when he hears the counsel of his father-in-law, he listens and heeds his counsel.
Moses truly would have wasted away in his position had Jethro not come.
Often, leaders will come to a plateau in the leading. Try as they might, they cannot break through that ceiling. A wise leader will seek out one who has wisdom and experience and glean from them valuable lessons to get them through this leveling off.
Paul, the apostle, had much to offer in the way of knowledge.
Acts 22:3 “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.”
Philippians 3:4-5 “Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;”
Here is the heart that makes a great leader.
Philippians 3:7 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.”
Paul realized where his power came. He knew who he was and what he was, had not come by his hand. It all came from God. Consider this illustration.
A piece of wood may consider itself to have talent more than any other piece of wood. It may lack knots, warp, nicks, or gouges. It may look better than all the different pieces of wood. Yet, it will be nothing until it is used in the hand of the master craftsman to become a beautiful piece of furniture or art.
A lump of clay may be more talent, or possess more potential than all the other clay, but, unless touched by the hand of the potter, it remains just a lump.
Oh, to grasp this truth!
One of the first lessons we must root deep in our hearts is that we are nothing without the touch of God in our life. We cannot step into the light of glory that God so rightly deserves.
We must also take to heart that God knows all, and His plan for our life is better than any and every dream we may hold. Being teachable; being able to consistently and continually learn is the mark of the genuine child of God. We should come to the Word of God every day, wanting to see what things God has for us.
In time, we will grow to love learning. In time, we will teach others the value of having a teachable spirit. That “Ah-ha” moment that comes to the one you impart wisdom or knowledge is beautiful indeed!
Be teachable. Help others to cultivate that same characteristic. You will never regret having done so!