In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, we examined the story in Genesis 28, in which Jacob has an encounter with the Lord in an unexpected place. After this experience of God, Jacob says, “Surely the LORD is in this place – and I did not know it!” (28:16). As I reflected on this verse, I suggested that one place God surprises us with his presence is our workplace.
Have you ever been surprised by God’s presence? Has God ever “shown up” when you didn’t expect him?
As I step back from the particular story of Isaac and Rebekah’s incompetent leadership and its sorry results, I’m struck by the fact that God used this family, warts and all, in his plan and purpose. God acted in and through their mistakes and misdeeds to accomplish his will. How amazing! How gracious!
Genesis 27 painfully reveals a case of leadership gone wrong. One might say it’s an example of a lack of leadership. Leadership happens in this passage, but it isn’t good.
As leaders, we are to be people who speak the truth. Of course, there are times when we have to hold things in confidence. We know things that should not be broadcast to the world or even, at times, whispered to our spouse. Yet, when we speak, we ought to say what is true.
If you’ve been in a position of leadership for a while, whether in your business, school, church, or family, I expect you’ve been able to enjoy the fruits of your labors. You can see how you’ve made a difference and you can take delight in your success, even if you know that it comes not just from your hard work but also from God’s grace.
Today is the last installment in this mini-series, “Blessed to be a Blessing: The Leadership Edition.” In the last couple of weeks we have considered ways in which the example of God’s blessing of Abram to bless others can instruct and inspire us in our leadership. Today, I want to add a final thought that, though not clearly stated there, is implied in Genesis 12:2-3.
Last week, we began focusing on the leadership implications of Genesis 12:2-3. Even as God blessed Abram so that he might be a blessing to others, so God has blessed us in our leadership so that we might bless others. In last week’s Life for Leaders devotions, we considered various implications of this truth for our work.
Today, I want to share a personal example with you of how a greatly blessed leader can richly bless others. I happen to be the recipient of this chain of blessing. The leader who blessed me was Lloyd Ogilvie.
In the last few days, we’ve been looking at God’s covenant with Abram, focusing on how Abram was “blessed to be a blessing.” In yesterday’s edition of Life for Leaders, we considered how leaders might be a source of blessing for their customers. Today, I’d like to consider how our leadership might bless an even larger constituency.
God blessed Abram so that he might be a blessing to others. Similarly, we who serve in positions of leadership have also been blessed so that we might bless others through our work. In yesterday’s Life for Leaders edition, I began to consider those whom we might bless, focusing on the people who directly follow our leadership. If you’re leading a company, for example, you have the opportunity to bless those who work for you.
Are there others whom leaders have the chance or even the moral obligation to bless?