Leaders Who Listen

Devotional II

“So when Moses heard that, he was content.”

– Leviticus 10:20

The Bible leaves no doubt that Moses was a great leader who continues to be held in high esteem today. This man was personally chosen by God to lead a nation and was undoubtedly revered by man. Moses was certainly a man to respect as God’s spokesman. One saint even referred to him as sitting in “his high place as God’s prophet to Israel.” Such a position would cause one to think that Moses had “arrived.” It could cause some to believe Moses could relax now and enjoy the view from the top.

Moses’ heart was for His Maker. Like Moses, whenever our hearts are for our Maker, we have the right view of things. The scriptures tell us that Moses did “as the Lord had commanded.” And what was it that God commanded Moses to do? He instructed him to be a servant of the people and the priests. As God established the priesthood, Moses washed Aaron and his sons. He then dressed and anointed them. Imagine that! He was a great example of a servant leader.

After Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu were killed, service to the Lord had to continue. However, Moses discovered Aaron and his other two sons did not serve in the prescribed way that was instructed. Moses then did something we do not often see in many leaders today, he came to Aaron with genuine questions and then listened. It was then that he learned of Aaron’s broken heart over the death of his children. When he heard the reasoning, he was content. The pragmatic activities no longer superseded human need. Restoration of the soul was more important than sacrifice.

What a great lesson for those of us in leadership within the Church. May we remember that the service is not more important than the hearts and needs of those we are to serve.

“The whole religious atmosphere around us is largely geared to pragmatic methodology. What shall we do to break its power over us? The answer is simple. We must acknowledge the right of Jesus Christ to control the activities of His Church. The New Testament contains full instructions, not only about what we are to believe but what we are to do and how we are to go about doing it. Any deviation from those instructions is a denial of the Lordship of Christ.”

– A. W. Tozer

 

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