We’ve all heard the old adage, “If you think your leading but no one is following, you’re just taking a walk.” Most people can be divided pretty easily into the leader or follower category, so which one do you fall into? Being a follower isn’t a bad thing; in fact we’re all called to be faithful followers of Jesus as we lead. We are under-shepherds; we pastor others but we receive oversight and direction from the Word of God. So the question for the man who aspires to be a pastor is, “Do you have the ability to submit to Christ and to lead others to do the same?
The good news about leadership is that it is a skill, and like all skills, it can be acquired. Moses was a reluctant and unqualified individual who didn’t view himself as worthy or able when God called him to deliver the people of Israel to safety. Moses lacked virtually all of the necessary qualities a leader must posses in order to be successful in leading others. Moses had very little confidence in his own abilities. When God called him to go to Pharaoh he responded by saying, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”(Exodus 3:11) God reassured Him by promising to be with him as he went, but even that wasn’t enough to boost Moses’ confidence. He questioned God further, “they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you.’” (Exodus 4:1) You can almost since the terror in his words. In addition to Moses lack of confidence he also seemed lack another essential leadership quality, the ability to speak eloquently. “Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) How many great leaders do you know that are “slow of speech and of tongue”? Moses was utterly unqualified and he knew it, that’s why he begged, “O Lord, please send someone else” (Ex. 4:13). You may feel or be just this unqualified as Moses was in the area of leadership. But if you dedicate yourself to learn and grow as a leader you will be come better at it.