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Mike-You ask a tough question and if I were to give you an answer off of the top of my head, I would say, “Certainly, if given the opportunity and asked to lead I would lead just like Joseph, but alas I don’t think that is true. I have heard it said that a really great leader knows how to lead because he learned his leadership craft in serving others. So I think the question should first be, “Have I learned how to serve others with joy even in the dungeon?”

“If the purpose of a thing is not understood abuse is inevitable.” Quote from Myles Monroe author of the book, “Pursuit of Purpose.”

Truthfully it can only be in the role of a servant that one would learn the purpose of leadership and it would take great wisdom to weald that power with an eye for the Big Picture and not ones own personal agenda. Great leaders cannot rule from a place of pain or resentments they may have developed while in servitude. A great leader would have to operate in forgiveness. A great leader would have to be a great servant. I don’t think I’ve been that great of a servant, in fact I’ve been a lousy one.

Grace and peace, she said, with a lot of self-reflection to do during the day.

Ramona

Mike,
The question is pertinent to our lives today.

Many years ago I was travelling in my car when a thought popped into my head about winning the Lotto. A question formed 'would God ever give me that?' and almost immediately the answer 'no because you would not be faithful to God, you would no longer 'need' Him'.

Obviously there is a lot more to it than that, but I really believe that if you had so much power, money by the bucketful the temptation to put God on the 'back burner' would be huge. Even if you had been raised in church, unless you have the wisdom to go with the power and wealth, it might destroy you and your walk with God.

Ramona, you are correct when you say that you need to have learned as a servant (not a slave) to be able to lead people with the graciousness given through understanding and compassion.

God bless,

Mike,
I completely agree with your thinking on this subject. I have always tried to figure out how even the great ministers, christian musicians, etc. stay connected with God and how they stay humbled when so many people are following what they say/sing and even want their autographs. Some of them seem to never lose that connection with God but I have seen at least one that I think lost that closeness because of their position and when I saw that person I can't explain it but God impressed me to pray for them and I still pray for them at times today. I personally have prayed to God at times to not give me positions even in my local church if it would affect my relationship with Him. If the position would go to my head then I don't want it. I would rather stay just a prayer warrior on the sidelines than to have a position that made me think I was something great! I rather give God all the Glory!

As for your thought about being a Billionaire - I loved it. So now I know I am a billionaire too. (I always knew I was a princess because my Father is the King of Kings.)
Tammy

2 Chronicles 32:24-25

24 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. He prayed to the LORD, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign. 25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem.

Pride is the first of the seven deadly sins. As written in 2 Chronicles, Hezekiah was proud in his heart after God heard his prayer to heal him. Hence, God had His plan of punishing Hezekiah. Hezekiah was a good king. And yet, he received a great sign from God when he prayed to God to heal him. The moment he was at his 'high point', he fell.

I agree with you that we need to keep reminding that we use God's gifts on us with humility. It is good to have spiritual gifts and use them to serve others. But it must be used with humility and let others see the glory of God instead of us.

I can share with you with one of my experience. I taught adult Sunday bible school last year. At one point of time, I spent a lot of time preparing for the bible class. My wife asked me why I spent so much time in preparing the materials. I replied to her that I felt that my Sunday bible class partner gave a very good class last Sunday. My wife pointed to my 'pride'. She remarked that I was in a spirit of competition and had a 'showing off' attitude. I knew that I was not serving with humility. Instead, I was running 'my show'.

These are such good illustrations and food for thought. I too, wouldn't know what to do if I was in Joseph's position. I pray that I would still seek God with all my heart, soul, mind and will and that I would pray without ceasing. I believe that as long as you put Him first, all things follow. Health, wealth, favor, blessings, grace, etc.. do you get me? I just want to be blessed right where I am out and be a blessing to others.

Be Blessed! Dee Dee

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