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Great Leaders Don’t Lead Alone

August 9, 2015

MANILA. The original disciples were called to walk and work together as a team. They were not called to be Lone Rangers for God.

And He called the twelve TOGETHER and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. (Luke 9:1,2)

People called to ministry usually like the idea of “power and authority” but they sometimes fail to notice that the “power and authority” follows the “together” part of Luke 9. If you are called, then you are called “together” with others of like calling, not to wander around trying to do God’s will alone.

Moses was a great leader, maybe the greatest leader in the Old Testament, but he knew better than to attempt to lead alone. He always had his brother and spokesman, Aaron, by his side. Team Moses also included a dude named Her, and a fearless young warrior named Joshua.

David was Israel’s greatest king ever, but he never led alone. He had his “mighty men” who could shoot an arrow and sling a stone with the right and left hand. These mighty men were led by an executive committee of three that was chaired by Jashobeam the Hachmonite. Read his name again, real slow. Jashobeam the Hachmonite. In one famous battle, “The Beam” killed 300 enemy warriors with his spear, all by himself. If I’m ever in a war, I think I want someone like Jashobeam the Hackmonite on my team.

Daniel’s team included his best friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (aka Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego).

Even Jesus refused to do ministry alone. He had his twelve, plus a larger team of seventy.

Leadership is supposed to be plural. If you are called to lead, then you are called to lead together. That’s a good thing, because we are always better together.

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