Leadership in God’s Perspective

Preacher: Elder Kenneth Kibathi
Message: Leadership in God’s Perspective
Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-7, 2 Timothy 2 :14-19
 

The background to our first reading is that this was at a time when God had led the Israelites from Egypt into the promised land.
 After the death of Joshua, the Israelites were led by prophets.
 Later the Israelites demanded for a king and Saul was appointed the king.
 However, Saul did what did not please God and God decided to appoint another king.
 Therefore, Samuel was send by God to the house of Jesse to anoint a king.
 The first reading tells us how Samuel went to the house of Jesse to anoint a king.
 After the sons of Jesse came forward, there was none whom God selected.
Samuel asked Jesse if he had another son and Jesse said he had a young boy who was heading in the field.
 The boy was David and when he came God told Samuel to anoint him King.
 There are several things we can learn about leaders as follows
 Psalm 22:8 All nations are ruled by God
 God brought the Israelites from Egypt was to settle them in Canaan to worship him.
 The agenda of God in any governance is to worship him.
Proverbs 28:2 when nations become rebellious to God there are many leaders.
 Many leaders may be a sign of sin and may bring confusion as there could be misunderstanding.
 Proverbs 18:18 casting of votes separates disputes.
In the second reading, Paul tells Timothy the characteristics of a leader, which are:-
 
1. To guide people not to quarrel as quarreling does not glorify God.
2. One approved by God through doing his will.
3.Not ashamed of the word of God.
4. To avoid godless chatter.
 
 Proverbs 29:2 when the righteous rule the people rejoice but when the wicked rule the people groan.
 Proverbs 28:12 When the righteous rise to power the people are happy but when the wicked rise to power men go into hiding.
 Proverbs 29:2 When the wicked are in power, sin thrives.
 It is good to vote with the insight of God.
Proverbs 28:3 A wicked ruler is like rain that leaves no crop.
Proverbs 29:12 When a leader listens to lies his officials become wicked.
 We need to elect leaders who are visionary and fear God .
 Proverbs 29:4 A greedy leader tears a county down.
 Proverbs 29:12 A good leader stands for justice for the poor.
 Proverbs 29:14 for a leader to secure his throne he must stand up for the poor.
 To have a good leader seek audience with God first.
 A good leader must turn away from wickedness.
 After the government is in place, we need to submit to the authority as no authority exists other than that approved by God.
 As we choose our leader, let us choose the one approved by our God as our saviour Jesus Christ
 Lets make Jesus our saviour.

1 Samuel 16:1-7

Samuel Anoints David

16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lordlooks at the heart.”

2 Timothy 2:14-19

Dealing With False Teachers

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

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