Exodus 18:21 “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens”
Moses had been overwhelmed by his leadership role and his father-in-law gave him a stern lecture. Without proper delegation, Jethro warned Moses that “Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.” (Exodus 18:18) In Jethro’s detailed advice to overcome this problem, the Word of God provides us the best possible checklist to use in selecting our leaders.
Moses was given four characteristics of leadership. In his case, these characteristics were to apply to those he would select as his subordinate leaders. Yet, these four characteristics are equally appropriate to our selection of leaders today.
Moses was to select those who were able, godly, honest, and selfless. So should we.
Next week as we select our rulers of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens, we should carefully consider the four characteristics from Jethro’s advice. More than those who embrace what we consider the proper policies or politics, we need rulers who follow God’s checklist for leadership.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WILL VOTE FOR LEADERS WHO ARE ABLE, GODLY, HONEST, AND SELFLESS. God’s checklist for leadership has been available for thousands of years. Let us not deviate from it.