If leadership is about change, then all leaders are in effect change agents. In this article, I will be sharing three lessons I learnt from Moses about leading for change.
Text: Hebrews 11:24-27
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
- A clear sense of identity. The age-old question “who am I?” is very critical in leadership. Our self-worth and esteem are derived from our identity. Our Christian identity is because we are rightly related with Jesus Christ. This shapes our values and passions. It influences our decisions and actions too. For those whose identity is grounded in their knowledge of and relationship with God, leadership is not a choice for comfort or fame but rather on what the will of God is. This sometimes means leaving comfortable positions and routes and taking “the road less traveled.” For Moses, the discovery of his true identity meant that he had to abandon the comfort of being a prince in Pharaohs’ palace in order to identify with his people (the people of God) although this meant mistreatment and rejection. Whether you are aware of it or not, your leadership priorities and decisions and largely influenced by who you perceive yourself to be.
27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
- The courage to face the unknown. Leaders have a firm conviction that through the help of God things will be different. They persist in the face of discouragement and failure. Just because you have a great vision does not mean that everyone will be excited about it or that everything will be smooth. Every leader has faced opposition, ridicule, failure, and every sort of discouragement that you know of. But the secret of world changers is courage and perseverance. Courageous leaders are not controlled by their fears but rather by the firm assurance of God’s presence and assurance.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
- The responsibility to take appropriate action. Another hallmark of leadership is taking responsibility or action. True leaders act on their convictions. Their big visions are matched by actions. The actions may not be that great at first. They may be simple acts of obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, but it is these disciplined actions that cause tremendous change. Every change agent should know what his role is in his generation and context and take appropriate action.