As Christians we all would like to say that we are on a journey towards an ever-deepening relationship with Christ, and as members of our families we all want to believe our family relationships are deepening as well. As members of a local congregation we know we should be able to say that we, as a group, are both growing more and more Christ like, and reaching out to actively invite others into relationship with Jesus as well. The problem arises when we take a look at the details of our lives and how that growth, relationship, and outreach is actually going.
For the most part, when I talk to people, or congregations, they feel their evaluation of “where they are going in life” falls short of what they believe God wants for them. When asked what changes, or course corrections, need to be made to get on God’s track, most people will say: “I (we) should try harder,” or simply “I don’t know.”
Moses was one of the greatest, as well as most flawed, leaders in the Bible. As the weight of leadership began to become clear to him, he was faced with leading a nation across the desert to lands they had never seen, but were promised to them by God.
“Where are you going?” Was more than just a question for Moses: their very lives depended on the answer.
So what did Moses do? As Moses prepared to leave Mount Sinai he called on God to guide them: “If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here…” he prayed.
I want to suggest that you and I consider Moses’ words, and make them our own. It doesn’t matter if you are alone in life, part of a family group, or a leader in your church or denomination: make his words your own.
As leaders, we especially need to consider how we see ourselves. I believe we need to be more “front-row followers” than “leaders,” while we leave the real leading up to God. As leaders we need to be acutely aware that if people just follow alone, they will be lost. Only if they follow God ~as we follow Him too, will they come into His promised land.
I’m not talking about “not leading,” or “being part of the pack,” or “driving them from behind.” I mean being the kind of leader who refuses to take the credit for the path we follow, while constantly pointing out the One who goes before us.
That kind of leadership helps people’s confidence grow in their relationship with Jesus and His father, while learning to seek Him for little path corrections in their own lives.
If we choose to only go where we sense Him leading, I believe, others will want to come along because they will see God is pleased with us. Exodus 33:15–16 (NIV) Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”