“When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. The next day Moses came upon two Israelites who were fighting. He tried to reconcile them by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?’" - Acts 7:23-26.
Moses knew he was the rescuer of Israel. In Moses' younger days, however, he was full of himself and his own ways. Just in these few verses, we see that Moses decided, went, avenged, killed, thought, came upon, tried to reconcile, and spoke. Moses was trying to save the world, or at least the Israelites, in his own power. When he killed the Egyptian, perhaps he thought, "One down, three million to go!" God had to take Moses on the backside of the desert for 40 years to deliver Moses from himself. When God was finished, Moses did not even want to return to Egypt, let alone lead. Leaders must be set free from themselves if they are going to do great things, and sometimes God must remove them from leadership in order for them to have time to develop and become great leaders.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Are you removed from power or not at the leadership place you thought you would be at this point in your life? Your Step today is to map out a personal development plan or to reevaluate the one you currently have. That plan should include reading, education, new skills, respect for others in authority, journaling, self-reflection, and Bible study. Evaluate yourself in each of those areas (1 is poor to 5 is excellent) and set a course to improve and develop.