Moses for President!
Many people are frustrated with the current choices for President in 2016. Though Moses was not an American citizen, and is in fact, dead; he demonstrates a quality that would be very beneficial in our next President. Moses is a great example of leadership. He isn’t perfect. He makes mistakes. One thing that Moses seems to do extremely well is understand that as a leader, his interests take a back seat to the interests of the people that he leads. When Moses goes up to Mt. Sinai the people turn against God and Moses’ brother, Aaron, makes a golden calf that the people worship. When Moses returns from the mountain, he destroys the calf and in a conversation with God recorded in Exodus 32 we read this: 30 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, “You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin.” 31 Then Moses returned to the Lord and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! 32 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.”
Moses put himself in the place of the people. He offered up his life for the lives of the people. This what a servant leader does. A servant leader does not take his position and use it as a way to obtain privilege, status, favor or money. A servant leader puts the interest of others ahead of his own. It reminds me of Jesus’ words, “Greater love has no man than this but to lay down his life for his friends”. How are you treating those that you have influence over…who look to you for leadership? Servant leadership requires all of us to lead with the interests of others ahead of our own and to trust God to meet our needs and accomplish His purposes and plans.