Week 51, Day 1 - Humility
December 21, 2014
"I am raising up the Babylonians that ruthless and impetuous people, who sweep across the whole earth to seize dwellings not their own. They are a feared and dreaded people; they are a law to themselves and promote their own honor" - Habakkuk 1:6-7.
Jesus is the model for leadership and all other leaders are measured according to His standard of behavior—and found lacking. In today's passage, the Lord Himself announced that the Babylonians were instruments He was using, even though they were feared and dreaded because they were a rebellious and prideful people. The Lord would eventually evaluate and judge them according to His own standards and they like all others were woefully inadequate as leaders. The lesson for us today is this: Just because the Lord chooses leaders does not mean He endorses their leadership decisions or philosophy. They will be judged by one standard of righteousness that is best explained, revealed, and described in the person, actions, and humble attitude of Jesus the Messiah.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to settle that Jesus is your role model for your leadership style. What were the characteristics of Jesus' leadership style from your point of view? Are those traits present in your own life and leadership? For additional help, you may wish to read Philippians 2, which beautifully sets forth Jesus' humble leadership behaviors and attitude. Then set some goals that will enable you to develop those same characteristics.