TEXT: Exodus 3:1–4:13.
INTRODUCTION: There is undeniably sacrifice in leadership. Leaders are constantly called to put others before them. Sacrifice in Leadership simply connotes: A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up. Many leaders want to climb the corporate ladder, hoping that freedom and power wait at the top. They don’t realize that leadership really requires sacrifice. The higher a leader goes, the greater the sacrifices requires from him/her. Effective leaders sacrifice much of that which is good in order to dedicate themselves to what is best.
Sacrifice in leadership is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. The circumstances may change from person to person, but the principle doesn’t: Leadership means sacrifice. What price are you willing to pay to become a more effective leader? Many leaders are so busy pursuing their vision and rallying their people that they give little thought to sacrifice. But leadership always requires sacrifice; no one achieves success without it.
In this study, we are going to be using MOSES as case study. How was Moses able to give up so much and make such great sacrifices without growing bitter or resentful toward God? And what made him willing to return to Egypt as God’s servant after he had enjoyed the best the country had to offer? A quick look at Moses’ life shows how God molded him into an effective leader.
How God Model Effective Leadership (USING MOSES AS CASE STUDY).
1. Alone with God: It is not clear if Moses had stayed in Egypt, maybe he would have listened when God called him, or even recognized the voice of God. Who knows? But the 40years in Midian gave him an opportunity to reflect on the person of God, that when God finally appeared to him in the burning bush, Moses had grown quiet enough to hear God’s voice.
Leaders in our day take too little time to get alone with God. Most are continually on the go and rarely quiet themselves. If that description fits you, change your habits and set aside some time to be alone with God. Don’t force God to send you to the desert to get your attention.
2. Honest with God: The 40yrs exile of Moses to Miriam, removed the cockiness lifestyle in Moses, that when he met God all memory and pride of be a prince in Egypt has been removed. The replied of Moses after God told him what he want him to do revealed this, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Ex. 3:11). Without humility and honesty MOSES cannot be useful to God.
The Lord can use you, too, if you will look at yourself honestly, admit your weaknesses, and humble yourself before God.
3. Hungry for God: What make man hunger for God and what are the requirements. The questions are best answer individually, as our hunger level with determine the answers. While some desire to know God even from childhood, others may desire to know God as a result of personal tragedy that realigns their priorities. And some never turn to God. Moses, need a 40 years experience in the wilderness, to be filled of God.
Could Moses have given up all hope of doing something worthwhile with his life before God finally spoke to him? Probably so. A person can’t be staunchly self-reliant and hungry for God at the same time.
4. Broken by God: God did not force Himself or His will on Moses. God waited for Moses to willingly come to Him:
“When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, ‘Moses, Moses!’” (Ex. 3:4).
Once Moses had turned to God, he could be broken.
Brokenness involves two things: removing inappropriate pride and self-reliance and building healthy God-reliance. God tamed Moses’ self-reliance and pride in the desert, but to create trust He had to break the man’s fears. Moses dealt with different kinds of fear in his encounter with God:
- Fears concerning himself. Moses doubted his own value (Ex. 3:11). God responded by assuring Moses of his purpose.
- Fears concerning God. Moses feared who God might be. He wanted to know His name and character (Ex. 3:13). God responded by overwhelming Moses with His presence.
- Fears concerning others. Moses then worried about how God’s people would respond (Ex. 4:1)—hadn’t they already rejected him? God responded by demonstrating His power and commitment.
- Fears concerning his ability. Moses doubted himself—both his speech (Ex. 4:10) and ability (4:13). God responded by providing him with a partner, his brother Aaron.
- With his willfulness broken, his fears overcome, and his purpose reaffirmed, Moses finally placed himself in the hands of God.
Life is filled with trade-offs—but you can trade up only if you have something to sacrifice. Moses had to sacrifice his status and his material possessions to get prepared for his life purpose. And then to fulfill it, again he had to sacrifice. The second time he relinquished the security and safety of obscurity in the desert to return to his boyhood home.
- Leaving behind him the pride, glory and benefit attached to royalty in Egypt
- Returning to Egypt, without knowing what we become of him in the hand of Pharaoh, as a punishment for murdering an Egyptian before he fled from Egypt. Trading safety of wilderness, do an unclear future and task.
CONCLUSION: If you desire to lead—if you hope to find and fulfill the purpose for which God created you—then you must have something to give. Keep growing and building your personal assets and hold lightly the things God gives you. And remember: You may need to sacrifice them at any time to answer His call.