Friends, greetings in Jesus Name! Today we will be looking at the concluding part of the series we began last week titled, “The Leader After God’s Heart”. We noted last week that God wants to pour out Himself to His people. But He needs a willing vessel that He can manifest himself through. To be a willing vessel, means you are totally submitted to God. Remember, God is God and you are not. He remains the undisputed King of kings, and the Lord of lords.
He can’t share you with any other god. Why? “He is a jealous God” (Exodus 34:14). Therefore, He wants you completely to Himself. This is the only way He can fully manifest His glory upon your life. Despite all his flaws, King David was always quick to obey and repent. He never forsook his God like the other kings. This singular attribute made him a leader after God's heart. Do you want to be a leader after God's heart? Then there are certain attributes you must possess. Let’s examine five out of fifteen of those attributes:
1. The Fear of God: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). This is one big secret that separates leaders after God’s heart from others. They have fear for God, and consider Him in their actions. But unfortunately, many have departed from the fear of the Lord. This is evident by the level of atrocities we are witnessing in our society today. Remember, “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence” (Proverbs 14:27).
2. Hearing God’s Voice: There are three major voices speaking to us at any given time – your own voice, the voice of the devil, and the voice of God. Leaders after God’s heart continually develop their relationship with God and are able to differentiate God’s voice from these other voices. While admonishing His followers, Jesus said to them, “My sheep hears my voice and the voice of stranger they shall not follow” (John 10:27).
3. Heart of Obedience: One thing is to hear God’s voice – knowing it is the Lord speaking to you – and the other is to obey His voice as you hear. One great quality of leaders after God’s heart is their ability of instant obedience to God’s commands. Really, there is no substitute for obedience to God. As it is written, “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). You want to be a leader after God's heart, you must be quick to hear and obey. Remember, “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (Isaiah 1:19).
4. Living your Purpose: The book of 1 John 3:8 declares, “For this purpose the Son of Man (Jesus) was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil.” No man or woman created by God is without a purpose. Jesus had one, and He fulfilled it. Your purpose is the reason for being. Life without purpose is an experiment, and a continuous rat-race in search for meaning that cannot be found. Leaders after God’s heart discover, pursue, and fulfill their God-given purpose in life.
5. Not Relying on Self: Man is bound to fall without God’s support. “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). No man is indispensable without God’s enabling hand. It does not matter your level of expertise or experience, you still need God for guidance, support, and counsel. This is one simple truth leaders after God’s heart know and put into constant practice. Remember, “By strength shall no man prevail” (1 Samuel 2:9).
Never forget, God wants to do great and mighty things through you. But He can’t do much without a willing heart submitted to His will. Therefore, avail yourself today, and see what He will make out of your life. Yes, you can be a Leader after God’s Heart. Have a great week. With love, Elvis!