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Leadership in Context Episode 160 Show Notes


The Leadership of Moses, pt10

Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci

Episode 160

Moses understood that his calling was sacred.

Everyone is called. Everyone has a place and position on the wall in the body of Christ. Everyone has a voice to the world. We might have different gifts, but we have the same Lord. We might have a difference of administration but the same spirit. You don’t have to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher to know that you are called. There is a place and a people that you should be connected to.

Moses guarded his calling.

Numbers 16:1-2

Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and on the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown.

These men of renown were men who had good reputations, influence, and were well-respected. Yet they were still deceived and rose up against Moses’ leadership.

Numbers 16:3

They assembled together against Moses and Aaron…

What is the highest compliment you can get? When the devil goes after a righteous person and includes you. When you get accused with the leader, count it as a compliment when that leader is a righteous person.

Numbers 16:3

They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation…

Notice how they speak for everyone. They were speaking for a few million people, but they were representing only 250 people. When “everybody” is saying something, everybody really isn’t saying something. When people would come to me and say, “Well, everybody says…,” I would ask to meet Mr. Everybody and talk to him.

Good leaders will draw criticism.

Numbers 16:3

They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”

They were saying that they were just as holy, and they might have been right. But there is a sacred nature to calling. When you are called to lead something, there is a sacred, individual anointing and sphere of ministry that God puts on you.

They made the mistake of comparing themselves in regards to their equality before God and not the mission of God. God gave Moses the mission. He didn’t call together a committee. He called Moses. Then He called Aaron to be alongside him.

Notice Moses’ response. This is hypercritical. In the day we are leading in, we are going to need people with a Moses spirit.

Numbers 16:4-5a

When Moses heard this, he fell on his face. and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His…

Moses made this about the who, not about the what. Moses did not engage them on their complaints. The complaints were implying that they were all equal and they equally heard God. But this was not so. That would be like saying that they equally heard from my family when I’m the father of the family. When you are the father of the ministry or father of the house, God is not going to equally speak to everyone else. Does God love everyone as much? Yes. Does He care as much? Yes. Does He want to use everyone? Yes. But don’t mistake that equality for the same calling of mission.

Numbers 16:5

…“Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself…

Moses didn’t even defend himself. He knew that God was well able to manifest who He has put His hand on. There are times when you have to stand back and let God do what He is going to do.

God’s calling on you is not someone else’s decision. His calling on you is His decision.

What was happening is that those who were complaining weren’t messing with what Moses did, but rather with Who called Moses.

Numbers 16:5

…“Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself even the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.

God shows them that Moses is His divinely appointed person. There is a place in your calling where God wants to isolate you to Himself and show you off to those who come against that calling. He wants to show them that His hand is with you, not because of your accomplishments or resume, but that He has put His hand on you.

When God has called you and appointed you to something, don’t defend yourself. If someone has a valid criticism, be all ears and tender-hearted. Repent if you need to repent. But when someone is coming against you because they don’t like you or what God has called you to, let the Lord deal with them. Moses continually treated his calling as sacred, and that is how he was able to endure for forty years and see God’s supernatural power.

Join us next week as Keith Tucci continues to put leadership truth in the context of the local church. And as always, please like, share, rate/review, and invite others to listen. See you next week!

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