Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
December 6 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 45-46
Food for Thought: Ez. 45:9, 10; 46:10, 18
Good leadership comes from the Lord. It is His design, and any leader who follows the Lord’s instructions out of love for the Lord and for the people he/she represents will be successful in God’s. Since almost all of us are leaders in some capacity or another, whether at home, or at work, or in government, or in the church, let us examine some of the instructions that the Lord gives His princes by which they were to conduct themselves.
The position of authority can cause leaders to abuse their powers and take advantage of the very people they are to represent. However, the Lord instructs the leaders to execute justice and righteousness and to stop dispossessing His people. Leaders are never to take from their constituents for their own personal gain. On the contrary; leaders are there to protect the interests of the people for the benefit and well-being of all. They are there to serve their people instead of the people serving them, and they must do so with honesty and integrity, everything above board.
In addition, the leaders must be “of the people,” among them, not above them. Being among them, they will know the needs and the issues to address and never lose their identity and think of themselves as higher than the common people. Being in contact with the people,the temptation to have a haughty attitude will be less likely, and they will be more likely to walk humbly among them. (See Rom. 12:3;
I Pet. 5:2, 3.)
Most of all, leaders must maintain a sincere, personal relationship with the Father and worship Him. This will keep everything in perspective and remind them that they are just like everyone else, in need of a Savior and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They must draw their strength and wisdom from Him. Failure to do so will most definitely result in decisions that will lead to harm to the people as well as to themselves, as Israel illustrates so often in the Bible. The Lord in His great wisdom told the princes exactly how to get it right, and if we do the same, we, too, will have great results.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):