Proverbs 11:3; “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”
“A godly leader is marked by a servant attitude, transparent integrity, godly character, and faithful biblical teaching” (Anonymous). I was reminded at a function over the weekend of a great man who once taught me an amazing module entitled; “The Character of a Christian Leader”, Chris Reid. It was great chatting with his wife and family, and I stated that Chris was such a great fit to lecture a module like that (a leader with godly character that was evident in all he did and said). As I looked back on the module outline of 2008 it stated that; “A particular emphasis is given in this module to developing spiritual leadership through the understanding of the “being” of leadership, the developing of the character which can lead to more effective “doing” when using skills for the practice of being a leader.” Brilliant. Godly character is quintessential in leadership. When Satan wants to attack the church, he usually goes after the leadership. If he can bring down a leader who is starting to grow a church/ministry, or at least get people to slander him/her, he can discredit the entire gospel. As we look around us today and how the news media pounce upon a story of the president of a country, a politician, a sports figure, or church leader caught in a career-ending scandal, it is all about a character flaw, but little is offered as a solution for this call although 2 Peter 1:5-6 is a great start. Above all though, God cares more about our character than our skills, personality, or intelligence because biblically, character is a matter of the “heart.” Throughout Scripture, God chose people whom He could mold through their circumstances, so that He could use them for His eternal purposes. What about your life? God is building character qualities into your life right now with what you're facing, the good, the bad, and the indifferent. Whatever the stage or season of your life, God is preparing you for something more. You can rest assured that He is doing is developing a person of substance, a person who, regardless of what is happening on the outside, has the character of His heart. So may we allow Jesus to be our example and life coach, and assist us in shaping our character to be more like His? Finally, as we do this as leaders and employ His strategy for multiplying other leaders according to God’s heart and unlocking our potential, we will certainly propel God’s kingdom on earth.