Exodus 2 :11-15
One of the characteristics of leadership is the desire to make a difference, to bring about lasting change for the good of all. It is also characteristic of leaders to initiate. Leaders are activists, impelled by unseen inner forces.
At the heart of all that is the fact that leaders care passionately about the world around them and tend to be at the vanguard of significant causes. Leaders have a tendency, especially those with underlying moral core, to hate any form of oppression or injustice.
However, one of the key lessons from history is that leaders sometimes have a tendency to act ahead of time.
They move ahead of schedule, and in the end the result can be disastrous, often setting back the pursuit of their cause, and further damaging the welfare of those they lead.
Nowhere is this point better illustrated than the story of Moses. He was born Israelite but was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. As he grew up he saw the evil being visited on the children of Israel by their Egyptian hosts. He never forgot who he was, and furthermore his sense of outrage was inflamed by the suffering of his people.
So, as Moses was travelling around, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew. Looking around he saw no one, so he seized the opportunity to intervene, killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The next day he saw two Hebrew men fighting. Again, he intervened, not to kill, but to separate them. One of them said to Moses, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? Are you going to kill me as you did the Egyptian?’ On hearing this, Moses feared for his life, concerned that the news may come to the ears of Pharaoh, who would of course take appropriate measures. Fearing for his life, Moses ran away and hid in the land of Midian.
This phase in the life of Moses shows how a leader can truncate potential through misplaced zeal.
Failing to mix passion and purpose with wisdom is the first step to potential disaster.
Even though Moses had passion, he clearly lacked wisdom. This illustrates the fact that though one may be called to lead, there is a season of preparation and equipping, that leads to maturity, so that the leader is ready to effectively assume and successfully prosecute the role.
Copyright Emmanuel Mbakwe 2017©
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About the Author:
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, business advisor, leadership coach, mentor, and published author. He is the immediate past General Overseer of the Apostolic Church UK. His vision and heart’s desire is to help people realise their God-given potential and fulfil the purpose of God for the life.