Where are the great leaders of this day and Who are the great leaders of this age? I know friend, many names might pop into your head, faces and images of people you consider great leaders on your own mental list of notable figures in history. I also know that there are different levels of greatness in your mind, whether you are aware of it or not, all people you consider great are not equally great in your sight, there are those you consider truly great and others you see as “kinda great.” I mean, people you consider as leaders in comedy and music, are not as great as those leaders you see as world changers like Moses, Joseph or David. I mean these guys are in a different league and on a whole different level. Most people become silent when you mention these names and what they’ve accomplished in their generations, because they are considered as truly great leaders, notable and effective, remembered and honoured for thousands of years.
Moses received the Ten Commandments and Law from God, copied and printed in billions of books and read by billions of people over thousands of years. More than that, the guy spoke to God and that face to face, and lived to tell the tale, top that!! And then there is David, a shepherd boy who tended his father’s sheep, and yet chosen by God to become one of the greatest leaders of his time and who affected and inspired generations to come even to this present generation. A man who in his youth stood against what others older and more powerful and more influential than him feared greatly, a man after God’s own heart. Then there is Joseph, a remarkable God-chosen, who displayed great integrity towards what he understood and believed to be right in the face of great adversity. A man chosen by God to be a great leader of a foreign nation, instrumental in saving the lives of countless people through God’s intervention through him. On top of that God used him to preserve his father’s house and that after much adversity and injustices which he was needlessly subjected to according to the will of God, and today all around the world he is seen as a guiding light and an inspiration to many.
Friends, I know that not many people around the world are ambitious enough to think that somewhere in their future they will or might share the same stage with guys like these. The common thing I found in most people here on earth is that most people are not revolution-minded like Moses or gutsy enough to confront the giants of their time like David, or even firm or disciplined enough to stay faithful to their righteous beliefs in a place of injustice and unjust oppression like Joseph. I found that most people living on earth merely want to live their lives in their particular generation and go to their last resting place in peace. Not every person you will meet on earth will tell you that they want to slay giants and transform nations and bring about a lasting or eternal change on earth, no, most people just want to have a decent job and earn a good income and live peacefully with their loved-ones in their homes, in peace and safety. Friend for that very basic desire of most ordinary humans to be a reality here on earth there always need to be one or two exceptional humans who are willing to fight the giants who are against that peaceful and safe life. There is a need for a David, fearless and strong, anointed and empowered by God to keep the rest of humanity safe and protected. There is a need for a Moses who can hear the voice and direction of God, a guide who can lead people out of their oppression and misery into new freedom and God-given liberty. The wisdom and strength of character of a Joseph is needed to maintain the course when times are darkening and there seem to be danger ahead. You see friend, this world is in need of a great leader with the qualities and character of someone exceptionally wise and influential, a person who can turn the darkness into light.
I know you might think that speaking of a great world leader to you is a little above your level of dreaming. It most probably is something you never even considered to be, and if you have, then truth is that you most probably never even took yourself seriously, but I have news for you. God uses ordinary people like a Moses, a David or a Joseph to do extraordinary and great things through, because God can. And I know that most people are quick to disqualify themselves from great leadership positions and especially when it comes down to being a world-leader. But the point I want to make is that God took ordinary David, a shepherd boy, and made him into a king. God took an ordinary man, a Moses, who also looked after sheep, to lead a nation out of centuries of oppression to a land of milk and honey. And God took a Joseph, an unjustly imprisoned prisoner to lead a nation into great solutions and to overcome great adversity. David was a shepherd boy, but whilst leading sheep and protecting them from lions and bears God showed David how to be a protector, caretaker and leader. David was just a shepherd boy, but he was there with all his heart, sometimes people want great positions in life, where they are famous and celebrated, yet they fail to be great in the current position they are in. The lesson is: Shine where you are, and be great now, in your little town or community or wherever you may find yourself. Joseph was great in a prison and as a result of him being great where he was at, his circumstances and surroundings were elevated to the level of greatness that was inside of him. You may not be where you would like to be today, but your character and integrity will lift you out of the pit and into the palace. Moses, David and Joseph were great, not because of where they ended up, but because of what they had done to get them there.
“I wait for Your salvation, O LORD, and I follow Your commands. I obey Your statutes, for I love them greatly. I obey Your precepts and Your statutes, for all my ways are known to You.” (Psalm 119:166-168 NIV)
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