KEY SCRIPTURE: 1Kings 12:8 KJV “But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:”
The story in 1st kings 12 reveals the crossroad of the future of the kingdom of Israel after King Solomon. The son of Solomon, Rehoboam had the wonderful opportunity to preserve the unity of the kingdom and to establish his reign, but he chose an unwise counsel. Leadership is not about doing that which satisfies you, but serving the people by bringing them into their inheritance. 1Kings 12:7 KJV “And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever”. Rehoboam ignored this wise counsel and chose the unwise counsel of the youth. This should not be your portion.
Every servant of God must always act wisely. The fruit is the standard of our action. The Bible says against the fruit of the Spirit there is no other law. It means if you would allow the Spirit to lead you, you would be a good leader. James 3:17 KJV” But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy”. This kind of wisdom is what God’s word gives us. The above qualities described in James 3 :17 are the character traits that every good leader must show or manifest in his life.
Dear servant of God, you have no business failing as a minister of God. Do not fall after the mistake of Rehoboam. James 3:17 shows us the following wise acts that would establish you as a great leader. They are:
1.Purity of life
2.A man of Peace
3. A gentle man or lady
4. Easy to be entreated or reasonable about issues
5.Full of mercy
6 Full of good fruits
7 Without partiality
8 Without hypocrisy
In recent times there have been scandals about some ministers. I believe if you follow these character traits as listed above, you will never fall. You would be an example of light and hope to many.
Dear heavenly father, I pray for every leader or minister to follow the way of the Spirit. Father break every evil bondage and let your servants be real leaders of your people into their destinies.
1Kings 12:8 KJV “But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him”:
1Timothy 3:3 KJV “Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;”