The Responsibility of a Godly Leader by Patrice Tsague

“Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him.  Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform.” ~ Exodus 18:19-20

by Patrice Tsague

A godly leader is someone called by God with the ability to cast a clear vision and provide direction and guidance to others through his or her example and influence.  Godly leaders must lead in a manner that honors the Lord and accomplishes His purposes in the earth realm.

Moses is an example of a godly leader.  He was called by God and was able to cast a clear vision of the Promised Land to the people.  He guided and directed them through the wilderness all the way to the Jordan River where he then passed the leadership baton to Joshua.  Moses’ success was due in part to the guidance of his father-in-law, Jethro, who witnessed him in action and rebuked him for his bad leadership.  Moses demonstrated a lack of clarity of his leadership responsibilities by taking too much upon himself. His leadership approach would have caused burnout and frustration for the people thus hindering the success of the mission.  Led by the Spirit, Jethro instructed Moses on his responsibilities and the most effective way to carry them out.

Let us glean from the instructions that Jethro gave Moses so we can apply them to our lives:

  • Stand before God for the people – Godly leaders must intercede before God on behalf of their employees and those they are responsible for.  They must make intercession for them on matters of their spiritual growth, family life, and social and financial development.  They must plead their cases before God as Moses did for the children of Israel.  They must not attempt to handle difficult matters themselves but rather take them before the Lord for guidance, instruction and wisdom.
  • Cast the vision – God always provides His leaders with a clear revelation of the vision.  Vision is the ultimate goal that the Lord has given you. It is what you aspire to become. God gave Moses a clear vision of the Promised Land.  A godly leader must provide the people with clear direction of where they are going.  The Bible states that without vision the people perish.  People cannot follow a leader who is unclear of where he/she is going.  Godly leaders must be able to clearly communicate the vision so others can run with it.
  • Provide the people with direction and guidance – Casting a clear vision is not sufficient to ensure effective leadership; the people need to be guided and directed.  Godly leaders must be able to teach the people how to realize the vision and equip them with the tools necessary to carry out their responsibilities.  Moses often found the people discouraged or becoming impatient with the journey.  He had to constantly direct and guide them so they could stay the course.
  • Raise up others – Godly leaders are not permanent nor eternal.  As great as Moses was, he could not go all the way to the Promised Land; he had to pass the baton to someone else who would become responsible for continuing the journey.  What if Moses had not raised up Joshua?  A key responsibility for godly leaders is to duplicate themselves.  You must raise others by delegating responsibilities to them based on their abilities.  Trust them to handle those responsibilities and support them in those areas where they are weak.
  • Oversee the work – The ultimate responsibility for the success of the organization always rests on the leader who must be accountable to God for the outcome.  Godly leaders must provide oversight to ensure that the work is being accomplished according to plan.  Although others such as Aaron were called to co-labor with Moses, the ultimate responsibility rested on Moses.  As a godly leader, the ultimate responsibility rests with you. You must be prepared to give an account to God.

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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The Ideal Staff: Hireling vs Levite by Patrice Tsague

by Patrice Tsague

“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.” John 10:10-15

One of the most common things among Biblical Entrepreneurs is the challenge of identifying and recruiting good staff. The sad truth is that Christian employees are no better then the non-Christian ones. Some Business stewards even confess that they would rather hire a non-Christian then a Christian. Why is it that we are not able to find believers who can walk in the following scriptures:

“Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.” I Timothy 6:1- 2

Christian business stewards must commit themselves to creating a workplace that is conducive to workplace productivity, fulfillment and efficiency while Christian employees must commit themselves to working with the heart of a Levite/Shepherd versus a hireling.

A hireling is a wage worker or a hired servant whose sole concern is their compensation while a Levite is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who is called into full time service and therefore committed to serving others and caring for their place of employment as unto the Lord.

The characteristics of a Hireling are:

  • Steals from the company
  • Kills the vision
  • Destroys relationships
  • Does not take ownership
  • Protects themselves at the expense of the customer
  • Does not care about the well being of the customer
  • Serves by compulsion with a private agenda

The characteristics of a Levite are:

  • Honors the Lord
  • Knows their customer by name
  • Leads the Customer toward good things
  • Takes ownership of the company
  • Puts the customer needs before their own
  • Is an example
  • Serves willingly

Are you a hireling or a Levite? My prayer for you this week is that the Lord will help you to cultivate the heart of a Levite in your workplace for His glory and honor.

“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.” Ephesians 6:5-9

“Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” Colossians 3:22-24

Copyright © 2010 Patrice Tsague ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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Patrice Tsague, a gifted speaker, author, and entrepreneurship coach, is the Chief Servant Officer of Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM). He thrives on equipping and empowering Christians to take dominion and fulfill God’s plan for their lives through biblically based, entrepreneurial training. NPIM offers a proprietary certificate business discipleship course called the “Biblical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program”. The program provides a strong mix of core business concepts and biblical principles. Some of the courses offered include Principles of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE I), Practices of Biblical Entrepreneurship (BE II), and Planning a Kingdom Business (BE III). To learn more about how NPIM launches entrepreneurs into their God-designed destiny, please visit www.nehemiahproject.org.

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Your true life does not have to be only a dream, it can be a dream manifested in 3D!  Learn how to Discover, Define, and Drive your desires by unleashing the God given muse to help you envision yourself in a B.I.G. way. God designed you for greatness so stop dreaming small. Uncover your legacy. Now is the season for a Bold Innovative God-Inspired Life! You owe it to yourself to see just how far your true dream in life can take you.

If you are looking for purpose in your life and life in your purpose, this is the perfect book for you. Get your copy today at www.DreamBIGin3D.com.