Saturday, April 28, 2012

She is a leader.

Proverbs 31:15b
and plan the day's work for her servant girls. 

You probably will never have servant girls.  In this day and age, having servants isn't so commonplace.  However, you will have opportunities in your life where you will be set as a leader over a group, whether you lead a Bible study, church activity, project, or even if you are a boss in the workplace.  As a woman of God, how will you handle a situation like that?  Do you have the qualities of a leader?

Notice that even before Proverbs 31 mentions the woman's leadership, it describes how she is first a servant.  Although she is capable and willing to be a leader, she is not proud.  She is not lazy.  She is just as eager to serve as she is to lead. 

The godly woman was prepared.  She planned the day's work in advance so when the time came for her to lead, she would not make impulsive, last-minute decisions.

Although she had servants who were certainly able to care for the household, the woman of God did not stay in bed all morning and ask the girls to do all the work in the house.  Instead, she woke before the girls to begin serving her family and planning out her day.  She was fair, efficient, and hardworking.

Today's challenge is to write out a list of leadership qualities you aspire to have.  Be sure to back up each point with a Biblical reference.  After you are finished, put the list in a place where you will see it and remember to strive to have each quality you put down.  Pray over your list each day.  Ask the Lord to shape you to be the leader He wants you to be.

Christ has called you to be a leader, even if you are young.  1 Timothy 4:12 says, "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity."  Begin to set an example with your life right now, no matter who you are, and begin to prepare your heart for leadership in the Lord.  

Feel free to share your list of leadership qualities in the comments below. 

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