Learning from Leaders

By Brittany Garner

Ten of the Most Inspiring Biblical Leaders and What we can Learn from Them

 1.      Noah – Lead with courage

Noah teaches us that great leaders have the courage to stand alone. Noah trusted in God even when the entire world mocked him. Despite the constant opposition, Noah stood firm in what he believed and kept His faith in God. The most important thing to remember in times of hardship, doubt and confusion is never to lose sight of the most important thing, to keep your eyes on God. Because of Noah’s courage (against all human odds), God was able to use him to change the world.

2.      Abraham – Lead with unwavering faith

Abraham teaches us of the amazing faith Godly leaders should strive to have. Abraham spiritually matured until his faith became unwavering and strong: a faith that allowed him to become the great leader we recognize. When God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, Abraham obeyed. God promised Abraham that Isaac would be the leader of the Israelites. Abraham understood that God always keeps His promises, and believed wholeheartedly in what he had been promised. Abraham took Isaac up the mountain, knowing that God would provide the sacrifice. God’s test of faith was able to show us today what perfect and unwavering faith looks like in a follower of God.

3.      Joshua – Lead by example

Joshua leads his people into a new land where Jehovah God was not widely served, and tells them the importance of serving the true God, the One whose faithfulness led them safely to that land in the first place. He says in Joshua 24:15, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” He didn’t care what others were doing; He stayed faithful to the Lord and led doubters by example.

4.      Isaiah – Lead by initiative

Isaiah came from a time of great political turmoil. Because of his political influence in Judah at the time, he was able persistently to suggest that Judah made no earthly alliances, but trust solely on the Lord. Isaiah understood that trusting God is the only way to be successful in any battle. Isaiah knew very well the dangers coming to his nation. In Isaiah 6, God asks who will be the prophet for His people during these times. Isaiah says “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then said I, ‘Here am I, Send me!”

Isaiah teaches us to take initiative as leaders and to be bold in our faith. Never be afraid to allow God to work in your life.

5.      David – Lead by finding strength in the Lord

David teaches us to be brave, to remember that God alone is our strength. David was able to beat a nine-foot giant with a tiny stone because his faith in God became his strength during oppression. Leaders who trust in God can take on any giant (literal or metaphorical), and should not be afraid to trust that God can is bigger than any enemy, problem, or obstacle.

6.      Daniel – Standing firm in leadership, no matter the odds

Daniel teaches us the importance of taking a stand. God doesn’t change, and neither should we. His unwavering faith was supposed to be the death of him. Instead, it has become his legacy. King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to kill Daniel if he continued to pray to God. When Daniel refused to listen, he was immediately thrown into a den of hungry lions to be devoured. Instead, God spared and protected him in response to his courage to stand for what is right in the eyes of God.

7.      Moses – Stand up for those you are leading

Moses teaches us to stand for those who cannot speak up for themselves, no matter how inadequate we might feel.  Despite his self-doubt, He trusted God and was able to deliver the people of Israel. Moses was the voice for those who had no power to speak for themselves. God heard the prayers of His people and sent Moses to lead them. Moses gave many reasons why he shouldn’t be the one to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, but trusted in God anyway. When the time came, he was able to step up and do what God wanted.

8.      Paul – God can (and will!) make anyone a great leader

Paul is the ultimate proof of God’s love for everyone, regardless of our pasts. He is forgiving and can use everyone for His greater, perfect plan. God’s purpose for us is not dependent on our pasts. Paul was not a believer in Jesus, devoting his life to make sure Christians were killed so Christianity would not spread. It was his encounter with Jesus’ love that finally allowed him to realize the truth. Paul gave us a very important part of the New Testimony, being so dedicated as to write even while imprisoned.

9.      Peter – Leaders can overcome mistakes

Peter’s story allows us to see how faithful and forgiving our God is. Peter denied Jesus three times, and yet Jesus still used him as his rock and the foundation of His Church. Peter was not denied God’s great promises and plans for him because of the mistakes he made. Peter’s leadership teaches us that Godly leaders can overcome mistakes with the help of God’s faithfulness, mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love.

10.  Most importantly, Jesus – Lead with humility

As far as leadership is concerned, Jesus teaches us to lead with the spirit of a servant. He was God, and yet humbled Himself to come to Earth and walk with man. He says in Matthew 20:26-28 “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

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