Encouraging Growth and Development Challenge

Cindy Mellard


Prophetic Victories

Born to Lead

Born to Lead

Have you ever heard someone say something like, “He/she is a born leader.”? This statement implies that there are designated leaders who do not put a lot of effort in developing their leadership abilities; they just possess them. That is most likely not the case, since successful leaders set personal improvement goals and work to attain those goals so they can set and reach a new, higher level of goals. In other words, effective leadership development is a continual process. The inferred lie we often hear is that if you are not born to lead then you won’t. The truth is that we are all born to lead someone in our spheres of influence. So, it’s up to us to develop our leadership skills and be excellent leaders.

For this study we are going to make some observations about the lives of Joseph and David, beginning with the fact that both young men proved their dependability while they were still boys. Though just a lad, Joseph was entrusted by his father to journey alone to check on his brothers’ well-being as they grazed their flock. (Genesis 27:12 – 14) When Samuel was sent to Jesse to anoint the future king, David was found watching over the flock as well. (2 Samuel 16:11) The point of all these animals is that as boys Joseph and David could be entrusted with important responsibilities. Their parents knew they were dependable and would carry out what was expected of them.

What about us? Are we responsible? Do we remain in our positions, completing our assignments even if things become difficult or boring? If so, we demonstrate one quality of a strong leader – dependability. If not, we can discipline ourselves in order to increase our level of dependability and, therefore, our leadership skills.

Joseph was just 17 years old when he dreamed about ruling over his family members. And David was either a boy or an adolescent when he was anointed king. Yet both were 30-year-old men when they took their governmental positions. If God had called them as leaders, why such a lengthy delay between appointment and ascension to places of authority? God was preparing both men for greatness. He took each young man through his own personal process to develop his maturity, character and wisdom. The beautiful aspect of these men’s outcomes is that both were faithful to God no matter how circumstances appeared. As a result of their processes both men were well respected. They learned that He was the faithful Friend Who never left them or forsook them and Who always had the solutions they needed. All of this was necessary to have excellent leadership in place for God’s chosen people, Israel.

God follows this same pattern in preparing us for leadership today. We must be found faithful during our development process. Our faithfulness demonstrates our readiness to serve as excellent leaders in our spheres of influence. It is critical for us to resist the temptation of aborting our preparation process because of difficulty and uncertainty. God wants us all in our designated leadership roles in order for us to participate in bringing His Kingdom to this earth.

Yes, we are all “born leaders.” Let’s walk in this truth. What we do with everything God has placed inside of us is up to us. Let’s be found faithful both in our leadership training process and in carrying out our leadership assignments well. We do not want to be like King Saul, who was also chosen by God to lead but abdicated his position and authority out of fear and pride. (1 Samuel 13:11 – 14) We can trust God in every occurrence in our lives because everything He does is for our good. (Romans 8:28) Accept your leadership assignment and change the world!

God’s Truth for You:

James 4:10 (NLT)
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.”