This is intended to cover the basics of proper godly leadership in this life, in preparation to become the kings and priests, the leadership of the kingdom of God. The job of the priests and Levites was primarily to TEACH the people, set an example of godliness and to effect a reconciliation between the people and God. The job of kings [judges] is to administer the kingdom. See lessons 101 and 102 here.
All leadership—all true godly leadership; leads to peace, harmony, and balance, and all such leadership is based upon the principles of God’s Word.
We must acknowledge that God has been around a lot longer than we have and that our knowledge and wisdom is as nothing compared to his.
We need to understand how very much God has done for us and we must understand that he loves us and that his commandments are intended to teach us the way to eternal life in peace and harmony with him and with each other.
True leadership is built upon knowing what is right [which is revealed in God’s Word] and on having the courage to DO what is right, regardless of personal cost. Doing that sets an example for others to recognize and follow.
True leadership requires the courage to stand up and stand out, by doing what is often not popular; for God’s way’s are NOT popular in this world.
Why do leaders rise up in times of crisis? Not because they do not exist at other times, but because a light shines brightest in the greatest darkness.
Therefore, David the great king said to us:
Psalm 110 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all they which do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
David starts the Psalms with Psalm 1: Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law does he meditate day and night. And because he does so, he shall be a tree planted by rivers of water which brings his fruit in season, his leaf shall not wither and whatsoever he does shall prosper, the ungodly are not so.
In Psalm 119:97, David says, “O how love I Thy law! It is my meditation all the day. Thou through Thy commandments hast made me wiser than my enemies, for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Thy testimonies are my meditations. I understand more than the ancients because I keep Thy precepts. I refrain my feet from every evil way that I might keep Thy word. I have not departed from Thy judgments for you have taught me. How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! It is sweeter than honey to my mouth. Through Thy precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way.”
Jesus Christ said in Matthew 19:13, “Then were there brought unto Him little children that He should put His hands on them and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Suffer little children and forbid them not to come unto me: for of such as the kingdom of heaven. And He laid his hands on them, and departed thence.”
This reveals that we are to approach Christ as humble, repentant teachable people, who will hang on his every word and DO what he tells us. For the word of God the Father and the Son is the foundation of the way to peace, harmony and eternal life, represented by the Feast of The Eighth Day.
As David said, “The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.” The word “fear” here according to [Strong’s], means “reverence.” And reverence means a deep and abiding respect. It refers to a deep love and awe, a willingness to believe like little children; believing our Heavenly Father and our espoused Husband
We should be willing to believe God and to diligently seek to live by every Word of God.
God’s Word is a collection of wisdom of immense value, for it lead’s to eternal life for those who diligently learn and then live by every Word of God!
We need to believe God, to learn and fully internalize God’s Word and to seek out God’s will until we make God’s thoughts our thoughts and internalize the very nature of the Eternal Father and Son!
We are not to just read God’s Word and and say how nice and then forget.
We are to meditate thinking and seeking to understand; and we are to LIVE by every Word of God to applying the Word in our lives.
In so doing we develop wisdom, not just by thinking godly thoughts; but by DOING GODLY ACTIONS.
A leader—whether in the family, or the church, or the government—which bases his actions, decisions and leadership on the Word of God, and progresses day by day, learning by thinking, learning by studying, learning by doing; will progress, and will develop wisdom and rapport with God the Father and with the Son.
The key to godly leadership is to put God first.
Do what is right
It is not enough just to know; it is important to act on that knowledge and do what is right.
James 4:16 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
Knowing what is right is NOT enough; we MUST DO what is right!
The key to leadership is to communicate, to teach. A good leader should be most of all a good teacher. And the most important part of being a good teacher is SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE!
It has been said in the past that President Ronald Reagan was called the great communicator. He was considered a good president not necessarily because of all the things he did, but because he could communicate, he could be understood by the people. He had a rapport with the people that made him popular.
Even so, a father should have a rapport with his children and a husband with his wife, and a wife with her husband; a minister with his congregants and a leader in the government with his citizens.
A godly leader MUST have good communications and a rapport with the Eternal FIRST, as a solid foundation for a godly relationship with people!
To be a good leader we must have an open channel to communicate with our Head, Almighty God, so that we can pass on to others the way to peace and eternal life.
The best kind of leader communicates, teaches, explains, reason’s with, and works to inspire people to follow godliness; whether it is a wife, or children, or congregation, or the population of a nation.
The mission of the called out is to teach and to set an example of godliness.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
How to lead
How does God lead? Is He patient? Long suffering, full of love? Is He full of forgiveness for the repentant?
A parent must show himself to be wise and patient teacher, to be loving and quick to forgive mistakes once the lesson is learned.
With children always be forgiving whenever anyone comes up and says, “ I made a mistake I was wrong,” forgive them. Be quick to put your arms around them, tell them you love them and forgive them, for in doing so you are teaching them what your Father in heaven is quick to forgive the repentant and rejoices at their repentance!
If we don’t forgive others, we ourselves will not be forgiven, for we shall be forgiven in the same measure we forgive others. And we are demonstrating to our children and to our wives, or to our congregations the fact that God is loving and forgiving.
A little child who grows up never having known forgiveness and love; will not have a true idea of what our Heavenly Father, is like. Because, he has never felt forgiven he will not understand that God does forgive. Such a child will grow up with an unbearable burden of accumulated guilt for he will not have learned to forgive himself.
We need to understand as parents that our relationship to our children should be a reflection of God’s relationship with us; because we are like God to our children, giving them everything that they need. We are the source of knowledge, we are the source of all things to them, and we are like a god to that child who is totally dependent upon us until that child matures.
Godly Parents and Leaders are NOT Bullies
A child’s concept of God is being formed by the example we set.
If you are quick to discipline, he will think of God as being quick to discipline. If the child thinks of us as mean or cruel, he will then think of God as mean and cruel. Yet, if we are loving and affectionate, quick to forgiving the repentant, patient and kind, yet diligent in instructing in the way of life: the child will grow up believing that God is affectionate, forgiving, loving, patient and kind and diligent in instructing us in the way to life eternal.
A properly taught child with a godly parental example will develop a proper relationship with God, born out of a proper understanding of God.
God is zealous for His commandments. Why? Because He loves us and His commandments keep us from harming each other.
“You shall not kill,” isn’t that more about protecting the weak than it is being against anyone?
“You should not steal,” doesn’t that protect the weak? And doesn’t that give people a reason to work? Why should one work hard all day everyday towards a goal; if when one achieves the goal and gets the thing they want, it will only be stolen by somebody else.
Rampant theft discourages industrious production; so, “Do not steal” protects not only individuals but it protects the whole of society by encouraging everyone to be ambitious and productive. “Do not commit adultery,” doesn’t that protect the family unit? God’s laws are there to protect individuals and to protect society as a whole. They are not harmful or contrary to anyone.
Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” God is zealous for His commandments, His law; and we should also be zealous for every Word of God.
In our child rearing, and in our eldership’s; we should diligently teach our children and the brethren to keep God’s commandments; for they are holy and just and good.
If we do that, then when the brethren are mature in the faith and when children become adults, they will never have problems with the law of the land. No problems with stealing, or killing, or any such thing. And in the kingdom of heaven when it comes, they will have no problems getting along there either, for again the law is holy and just and good. It is the duty of parents to teach their children to diligently live by every Word of God, thropug instruction and example.
That is true godly leadership
It is the duty of a husband to diligently teach every Word of God to his children; and to reason with them and his wife day by day, to meditate and discuss the Word of God with his family; and to read the Word of God with his wife and children, diligently teaching them day by day. And the same is true of any elder in the spiritual Ekklesia.
Their responsibility, their function, their duty is to teach all people to live by every Word of God; and if all people did keep live by every Word of God there would be harmony and peace in this world, just as there will be when God’s kingdom comes and God enables all people to live by every Word of God by putting God’s spirit in all flesh (Joel 2:28),
The law of God is the New Covenant.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Why did he regard them not? Because they did not fulfill their part of the covenant, which was to obey and live by every Word of God as they themselves said; whatever the Eternal say’s we will do, and they failed to do it.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change. The things that He is doing today will be the same things that He has done in the past.
What did he do in the past?
He said, “I have kept my Father’s commandments.” This means He will be keeping the Father’s commandments today, and if He is dwelling in you, He will be keeping the Fathers commandments in you; and as He overcame the world, you shall through Him be able to overcome the world.
The HOLY SCRIPTURE is the constitution of the kingdom of God; we need to get in the habit of keeping God’s laws and instructions NOW, so that we will be well trained to to live by every Word of God in God’s kingdom.
The people and little children who do not have Gods spirit yet, do not have the law written in their hearts yet, but they can still have the law taught to them diligently by their parents so that when God’s Spirit is given them, they will remember what have been taught and they will be then empowered to live by God’s Word. God’s Spirit will give them the power to do so when it is bestowed upon them and they will be a step ahead having already been trained.
It is the responsibility of the New Covenant Ekklesia to teach all men to teach all nations to live by every Word of God.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you [He commanded us to live by every Word of God, Mat 4:4]: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
This responsibility begins with the family and husbands and wives are to teach their own families, to read and expound the Scriptures to their families regularly. Marriage is not one dominating the other, it is the two working together with one having authority to make a final decision. It is the responsibility of BOTH parents to diligently teach their children!
The wife should definitely have input, she should have her say and she definitely has her opinion. If the husband wants his wife’s admiration and respect he must always give her HIS admiration and respect!
He must listen to her opinions, and discuss their merits with her. And when she says something that he doesn’t agree with he should be willing to take a serious look at the issue,
A husband must use compassion, communication, respect, and work together with his family. Just because someone else has an input doesn’t mean that you are not a leader; it just means that you are leading wisely. Husbands should not be so insecure and so thin skinned that they cannot take advice even if it is critical advice. Leaders must be willing to listen to others for even Solomon did so, “In many counselors there is safety.”
If you want to make some big mistakes, go ahead and bullheadedly do whatever you please without thinking and without getting any advice. The wise leader will always get as much advice as possible before reaching a decision and he will do his best to make sure that all of the people affected fully understand what is being done and understand the problem, understand the solution, understand the decision, and understand why the decision is being made.
A true, godly leader teaches all men to keep all the commandments of God, Matthew 28. And in particular, the minister teaches the assembly; parents teach their children; and the husband and his wife learn and develop together.
How is this done? If Jesus Christ dwells in you, then the Holy Spirit dwells in you, and you should be producing the fruit of the Spirit: Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Holy Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against these things there is no law.
Are you as a parent, or as an elder; loving, peaceable, long suffering and patient, gentle, good, kind and meek with your children; and as husbands with your wives; is that how you as ministers treat your congregants?
Think about it. God’s Spirit is not a Spirit which is quick to violence, quick to brutalize, quick to judgment, impatient, dominating, self-involved, egocentric, self seeking and controlling.
God’s Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance—against such, there is no law. That is the way of God and we should be living the way of God in our lives, in how we treat our congregation, how we treat our wives, how we treat our children. We should be treating them exactly like God treats us. After all; are we not to internalize the very nature of God and to become like God?
Does that mean that you cannot be zealous for the law? Of course you should be very zealous for the Word of God, but we should be quick to forgive when people repent—even as God is quick to forgive us.
It is one thing to say, “I’m going to get you guys.” That’s NOT the godly way.
The godly way is to be zealous for the law because it protects all God’s children from hurting one another. God is going to correct the wicked if you do not repent, not because God doesn’t like them and not because he is mean, but because He loves all of His children and wants to keep peace and order between all of them. And He wants those who are doing wrong, to learn to do right. Therefore the unrepentant wicked are going to face correction if they do not repent.
A father chastises a son he loves, not out of meanness or personal frustration or anger, but out of love because the child is adamantly, insistently doing wrong, breaking the commandments of God.
Correcting the child is intended as a corrective tool to teach the child to do right. It is not a means of venting your personal frustrations, it is not a means of bullying, or it is not a means of making yourself feel good, feel powerful. No. Correction should be done rarely and only after much patience, much teaching, and much communicating, and only when it is absolutely necessary. And then it should be done in love, and when repentance occurs—quick forgiveness is absolutely imperative; forgiving immediately in the same way that God forgives you.
In dealing with the Ekklesia, when the person is adamantly continuing in sin it is best to tell them that they are better off somewhere else until they get over their particular difficulty. That’s all there is to it.
In marriage, hopefully both parties are mature enough to communicate, and both parties love each other enough to try their very best to accommodate one another and work together; if that is true, then things will work out on the long term.
True godly leadership, the kind of leadership that God exercises and we should emulate, is based upon the Word of God. We should follow God the Father’s and instructions as contained in His Word of wisdom.
Our responsibility is first of all to get informed; to learn that God is the ultimate moral authority in the universe, to learn the ways and Word of God; to learn God’s wisdom; and wisdom is the sum of knowledge plus the experience of acting on that knowledge.
Wisdom is the knowledge we develop from our studies and from following God’s Spirit, wisdom is knowledge combined with the practical experience of acting on that knowledge and DOING what we have learned.
Only when we learn our own obedience to Divine Authority and we develop God’s wisdom: can we lead others in a godly manner.
Leadership is based upon the wisdom and love of God, based upon the commandments and words of wisdom of God, and living by every Word of God whatever the personal cost!
Godly leadership is about KNOWING what is right by God’s Word; and DOING what is right whatever the personal cost! knowing that God is a rewarder of those who love him and do what is pleasing to him!
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
This takes COURAGE to stand up and if necessary to stand alone like the Mighty Men of old! It takes real love for and dedication to God and his Word!
If we have several children, and one is hurting the others, are we not distressed by that? Well, God has many billions of children and He is distressed to see them all going about hurting one another.
So, God is going to do something about it, he is going to put a stop to it very soon. And it’s up to us when we see one child hurting others to put a stop to it in our own families.
When the second child responds and reacts to the hurt and a fight develops we have to say, “No. Don’t react; come to me and let me deal with it as your parent.”
God does the same thing, he says, “Vengeance is mine, saith the Eternal.” God is talking about correcting the bad behavior because He loves all of us, even those who are bad. For God the Father gave his only begotten Son that none should perish. He did this while we were still his enemies; we were all wicked. God gave His Son for us. Christ gave Himself for us; because they loved us so much, even while we were enemies of godliness.
Ministers should love God’s sheep enough to be willing to give yourself totally for their good not using them to aggrandize yourself, not taking advantage of them, not lording it over them, but serving GOD; and through that example and instructing in the ways and Word of God: Feeding the flock!
Husbands should serve your wives and your families in the same manner, giving yourselves totally for their good. And a large part of that means sharing your time with them, reasoning with them, talking with them, studying God’s Word with them, teaching them and learning from them; helping each other to learn to do good.
This is our responsibility because in so doing we are learning to oversee the house of God as a king and or priest in the resurrection! The husbands who abuse their wives may find that in the kingdom that the very wives that they looked down upon will be in authority over them!
Do we honestly think that we will become a king or a priest in the kingdom of God when we cannot even discuss the Scriptures with our own families? How is it that we think that we could lord it over some nation, or some city or fulfill some awesome responsibility in the kingdom of God; when we can’t even lead our own family well, when we can’t even teach yur children the ways of the kingdom, the laws of the kingdom, the things of God?
We must be able to lead in order to become a king or a priest! There is no way around it. We must learn and use wisdom and teach our families godliness by example and by instruction, and study these things together and learn together and grow together. In that way we are developing our teaching ability. Husbands and wives and leaders in the assemblies are developing our talents and skills at communication and training to become a king or a priest.
There is no way that we can become a king or a priest in Gods kingdom without paying the price, without paying our dues, without learning HOW to fulfill the responsibility.
We are learning to fulfill the responsibility of being a leaders in Gods kingdom at this time, by being godly leaders in our own households; and leading wisely and justly, and fairly, and patiently, and lovingly, and forgivingly.
You husbands and wives, you elders; A basic rule of leadership. Before you make any decision or demand, ask yourself these questions.
1) Is what I want lawful according to God’s commandments and the instructions of Jesus Christ?
2) If the first answer is yes, then ask: does this focus the brethren on God the Father and the Word of God? Or does it place any other thing including myself or my own corporate organization, between the brethren and God?
3) Does this act help BUILD the relationship in my family and the relationship between the brethren and God, or does it damage that relationship?
We must become leaders in our families and assemblies and we must learn to lead in a godly fashion.
We must all be humble before God; we must all follow his example. He is strong for His law because his law protects his children and he loves those children; God loves all his children and he will protect all of them, even if that means using some discipline in order to teach them the way to eternal life or to protect them from those who have gone astray.
God is not by nature a disciplinarian; he is love, he is patience.
When we sinned, did the sky fall in on us, did thunder and lightning strike us every time we did something wrong? If that were true, none of us, not one of us, me included would be around, for more than a few moments.
God is patient with us. He hopes we will learn and only when we refuse to change after a prolonged period, after much guidance, much instruction, much help; only then does God discipline and when we repent, he quickly forgives.
The coming tribulation called the great tribulation; is God’s merciful correction upon people who are obstinate, self-willed, rebellious, disobedient, egocentric, bullying, self-righteous, and proud of their sins. When that correction comes many will repent quickly and God will forgive.
Remember, any who might find yourselves in the great tribulation. The Great God forgives quickly those who seek Him with a true and contrite spirit, those who truly seek him with all their hearts.
Repent quickly and God will forgive quickly and welcome you into His kingdom.
We, as fathers and mothers need to teach our children diligently and to forgive quickly so that our children will learn what God is really like. Then as they are growing up they will understanding that if they are really sorry and really repentant and really change, they will be forgiven.
Those people who have known growing up being loved, being forgiven, being cared for; they will understand that God loves them. God cares for them and God will quickly forgive them as long as they are trying to do right and are quickly repentant when they realize they are wrong.
God is love, the ministry and the spiritual Ekklesia should be love, father’s and husbands should be love, mothers and wives should be love; and their children should complete the cycle by loving their parents and by loving God.
Godly leadership is all about love [God and the Word of God define true love] , it’s all about training to be a part of God’s family, training to be changed in the spirit and become the children of God, never equal with God, always the children of a loving Father.