Leadership – a journey of faith

(Genesis 12:1-6)
In a previous article I said that leaders tend to be contrarians. A contrarian is a person who opposes or rejects popular opinion or accepted practice. They are individuals who row against the tide. This point is beautifully and clearly illustrated in the story of Abraham that we read in Genesis 12: 1-6. So, when the leaders make their move, it is in effect a step of faith.

The key point that comes out in this and subsequent phases of the life of Abraham is that leadership is very much a journey of faith. In my personal view, what the leader is selling is a dream; a promise. A leader is a purveyor of hopes and dreams. He or she is painting a picture of a better future, and expecting those who are following to embrace it, even if they cannot fully see or understand it for themselves.

There are three categories of followers; There are those who see and understand the vision;

  1. Those whose sight and understanding is partial
  2.  Those who neither nor understand but choose to go along because they trust and respect the leader
  3. Those who neither nor understand but choose to go along because they trust and respect the leader

Based on my understanding of the walk of faith, I am sure that Abraham himself did not understand the full implications of what God was saying to him. Yet, because he believed God, he was willing to move.

Transitioning into tomorrow is fundamentally a journey of faith.

God made Abraham several promises: that He would make him a great nation; He would bless him, make his name great; that Abraham would be a blessing; and that He (God) would bless those who blessed him and curse those who cursed him, and all the people of the earth will be blessed through him.

These words of promise paint an awe-inspiring picture of the future for Abraham. This was the vision of the future that he had to sell to his wife, before embarking on the journey with her, along with Lot, his nephew.

Leading people into the future is a journey of faith. The leader that sells the dream often the leader does not have a grasp of the details, just a clear enough picture of what the end looks like. It is therefore important that the leader never loses sight of that end point. Abraham was propelled and sustained by that picture formed in his mind by God’s word. Sure, as we see later in his story, there were points at which the picture was dim, traces of doubt arose. At those points in the journey, God came to reassure him of His promises, so he could embrace it afresh and continue his personal journey of faith.

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.

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