The Law of Solid Ground Part 10
Leaders Must Earn Trust-Isaiah 33:14-16
Who can stand up under the purification process of God? Who can remain unchanged through the fire of God?
That’s the question Isaiah asks and then answers. He lays out a list of traits for the kind of people who can stand in a crisis. Ponder his description:
- Integrity: The leader’s life and words match (v. 15).
- Justice: The leader rejects dishonest gain (v. 15).
- Convictions: The leader’s values won’t allow him to accept bribes (v. 15).
- Positive focus: The leader refuses to dwell on destructive issues (v. 15).
- Pure: The leader disciplines his or her mind to remain clean and pure (v. 15).
- Secure: The leader is firm, stable in his identity and source of strength.
Characteristics like these earn the trust of others. When leaders possess them, they feel secure enough to develop others, rather than destroy them. Remember, only secure leaders empower others.
Leaders Pay for Conduct-Ezekiel 8:12, 13
When leaders believe they can do whatever they want in private even if it contradicts what they do in public, they violate their calling. Leaders who last commit themselves to personal integrity, even when no one is watching, because they know it will pay off in public, when many may be watching.
Join me next time for The Law of Solid Ground Part 11.