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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

How to Spot a Leader

Today’s Verse:

And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. ~Exodus 2:17


A leader is someone who has influence. He is someone that people trust and follow. He is someone whose ideas or convictions are very compelling to others. He should be someone who is respected, transparent, trustworthy, and diligent. A title and role does not necessarily mean a person is a leader. Leadership must be earned, developed, and always growing. Are you able to spot a leader? Let us see, this morning, three traits about Moses that indicated that he was a leader.

Moses was a leader who was stalwart.

“But Moses stood up.” Moses was resting at a well in Midian. He saw some shepherds who were being unfair and harsh with the daughters of Reuel. He did not know them, but he went from being discouraged to being action-minded. As one man, he stood up to these shepherds and defended the women. Moses was stalwart and strong. He displayed initiative at a moment’s notice and took charge of the situation. Stalwart leaders spring to action. They are spontaneous when there is a need. They have an inner sense that something needs to be done and they are the ones to do it. He did not think twice about being outnumbered or if he would be beaten up. Stalwart leaders are men who get things done. Without hesitation, Moses stood up. Do you have initiative? Do you courageously stand up for what is right?

Moses was a leader who was sympathetic.

“But Moses stood up and helped them.” Moses saw that these women were weaker than the shepherds. Strong leaders are driven with a desire to help. They are men that people follow because they are helping, investing, or supporting the needs of others. People don’t care how much you know, but they do know how much you care. A strong leader helps others succeed. A strong leader helps others go to the next level. A strong leader helps people who are needy. These women of Midian had never seen anything like what Moses did for them at the well. Leaders define who they are by the extent of their helpfulness. Are you a helper by nature? Do you come to the aid of other people at a moment’s notice? Are you one of the first to respond to a need?

Moses was a leader who was a servant.

“But Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.” Stalwart leaders get things done, even if it means they are the only ones to do it. Moses got his hands dirty and helped water the flock of sheep that the women brought to the well. He demonstrated a key trait of leadership: servant leadership. John Maxwell said,“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Servant leaders are like Jesus, Who “came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Jesus said that “whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.” D. L. Moody once held a conference for preachers, and many of the attendees were English preachers who left their shoes outside their rooms, expecting someone to shine them, as was the tradition in England. Moody could not get any of his Bible students to do this task. So, without saying anything, Moody spent the wee morning hours shining the shoes of all the delegates. This would not have been known were it not for the fact that one of the preachers walked out of his room at 4 am and saw Mr. Moody down the hallway, quietly shining shoes. The greatest leaders are servant leaders.

In that one moment, Moses demonstrated three must-have traits of leaders. Can you spot a leader? Are these traits inherent in you?

Have an insightful God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: Jeremiah 38-41

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