Was Moses history’s greatest leader?
Some would probably lean toward saying that. Even though he missed out on fulfilling the true vision of his calling, Moses lead thousands of people to a land that was directly put there for them by God.
Throughout his leadership stint, Moses constantly failed God and the people.
He was constantly letting his humanness get in the way of leading the way God instructed. He wasn’t a perfect man or a perfect leader, but what makes him great was his willingness. Moses was, for the most part, a humble man and leader.
Remember back to the beginning of Moses’ call and remember how he humbly admitted that he had nothing good to offer. God basically told him that it was okay and that he would empower him
In Numbers 11, we get another situation where Moses just couldn’t do it alone. So God instructs Moses…
Then the LORD said to Moses, “Gather before me seventy men who are recognized as elders and leaders of Israel. Bring them to the Tabernacle to stand there with you. I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone (Numbers 11:16-17 NLT)
There’s 2 huge lessons in this passage for those of us that are leading others.
Share the gifting
Don’t be afraid to let others have some of what makes you, you. Be honest with them and be willing for them to become “better” than you at things. Pride too often gets in the way of leaders truly empowering their followers. Don’t be afraid to share some of the spirit that makes you a great leader.
Share the burden
Don’t try to do it by yourself. Just like Moses needed others to share the burden, so do you. No matter what you’re leading, be willing to share the load. You’ll be surprised at the job others will do when they know you truly believe in them and you’re willing to let them have a piece of the leadership pie. If you don’t you’ll eventually crumble as what you’re leading grows. You’ll crumble or you’ll get into maintenance mode because you can’t get a head to dream about what could be.
Let’s share the load. Let’s be humble and empowering to others. Let’s see the promised land.