The focus of this next section will be to see what godly biblical leadership is and how it impacts believers today. The intent is to stimulate thinking and discussion about what true church leadership means from God’s viewpoint. To do this we will review some of the O.T. leaders and how God used them. At the end we will do a comparison and contrast secular leadership with how God chooses and uses leaders. Things of the world are not what true believers are to depend upon but to lean on and use God’s divine input and inspiration. God chooses a different path than what man thinks is workable.
As we go forward, we must always keep in mind the words of King David in Psalm 39:4, 5. “Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.” David was a king, the highest physical authority over the kingdom of Israel, but he also knew he was subject to the hand of the Almighty who was over everything and everyone. Secular leaders seldom give any credibility to God or the spiritual realm. Most worldly leaders give in to pride and arrogance which ultimately leads to their downfall and demise.
Church leaders of today have been caught up in a web of man-made ideas and thinking which tends to put God in the background. Without God’s leading and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, churches often become focused upon numbers based processes, entertainment and simplistic teaching without any focus upon the depth of spiritual insight that believers should be receiving. Without deep spiritual knowledge, church members will become stagnate and ineffective. Godly leaders are seldom approved by man-made programs. We must know what God wants in his leaders to be useful in achieving kingdom goals. We must know what God wants in his leaders or we fail to achieve God’s purposes.