“The great test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us.” –Andrew Murray
The mark of every great leader is humility. God honors those who have humility. The Bible makes it pretty clear that we are responsible to “put on the garment of humility.” If you honor humility, humility will exalt you, put favor on you, and do for you what others with would be done for them.
Our struggle to put on the garment of humility is that we are human. Because we are human, our natural tendency is to look out for our interests. We were – by nature – born into this world as rebellious, stubborn, and self-willed. We lean toward self-ego and inflated egos. Unfortunately, our world praises big egos.
Much is said about the feeling that everyone has a hole in their hearts. Even after we are saved and well into our journey with Christ, we still feel the temptation to try to fill that hole in our soul with ego. We develop swollen, inflated, and puffy egos that try to compensate for low self-esteem. This ego tries to plug holes with defective exaggerations of character, but the flaws just get worse.
In leadership, the surest way to drive people away is to lead with pride. One of the greatest leaders in the Bible, Moses, was also one of the most humble. He recognized that strength comes from the character developed in afflictions, not from beating others into submission.
Here are some leadership lessons in humility that we can learn from Moses.
1. Humble leaders understand that spiritual ends are never achieved by carnal means.
When God is in it, there is flow. When the flesh is in it, it’s forced. Prideful leaders will try to manipulate others into doing what they want. Humble leaders allow the Holy Spirit to work in a person to bend their will to His. The easiest way is authority with no patience. The godly way that produces better results is humility.
2. Humble leaders serve others, even when they are discouraged.
In Exodus, we find Moses, a former prince of Egypt, watering someone else’s animals. This was far from anything he would even think of doing as a leader of a nation. But God needed to humble Moses, first teaching him to deliver seven women at a lowly well. Serving is how we develop humility.
3. Humble leaders have experienced the God-made deserts of life.
Deserts are places of brokenness accompanied by emptiness, a void that cannot be filled, sorrow that cannot be comforted, a wound for which there is no balm. We cannot inflate our egos large enough to fill the emptiness. The desert has a way of stripping us of all the wisdom and ways of the world and teaching us God’s ways.
Embrace your God-made desert and learn all you can! You can’t rely on your gifts or your ability. Draw strength to lead from the well that you find in the desert.
This article was provided by our partner, Frank Damazio, Pastor of City Bible Church and the Chairman of Ministers Fellowship International, a fellowship of thousands of churches nationwide and around the world.
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