So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
Moses was thrust into leadership and wasn’t given much of a choice. God had been working with him all along to bring him to this point in his life when he would lead Israel out of Egypt. Moses had the benefit of the best education in all of Egypt. Then he undoubtedly learned humility as he spent forty years as a shepherd. Now at the young age of 80, God was telling Moses to use his gift.
Most leaders are not called in such dramatic fashion. In fact, many leaders aren’t called at all. They see a void within the church and they rise up to fill the void.
It has been said that a leader must have followers otherwise they’re not leading – they’re just taking a walk. There are a number of people in positions of leadership who aren’t leaders however. This certainly doesn’t make them bad people; their gifts are just in other areas.
We need to avoid the mistake of assuming just because someone has been around the church a long time that they are a leader. A strong church needs a strong leader to cast vision for what God wants the church to be in the future. Moses had a vision of leading the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
If you’re a leader, determine your vision and get to it. If you’re not a leader, find out what the vision of leadership is and use your gifts to support it.