The famed leadership guru John Maxwell once said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” I’ve heard him speak on this and have read a number of his books where he references biblical and extra-biblical examples to prove his point (he was a pastor in his younger days). Today’s Jumpstart reading shows the heart what Maxwell was getting at.
Baasha was called to a great position of leadership. He was supposed to give God’s people a solid example to follow. He was to give godly guidance, vision, and direction to Israel at a pivotal and vulnerable moment in history. Unfortunately, we see the opposite.
And the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, “Since I exalted you out of the dust and made you leader over my people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have made my people Israel to sin… (1 Kings 16:1-2a ESV)
And it didn’t get any better after verse 2 for Baasha. God’s judgment was swift and painful for all those connected to Baasha’s sin. Omri, Ahab, and the other kings in this chapter weren’t much better. Who suffered because of them? Their families, the people of Israel… everyone!
God spoke to me strongly about this today. My decisions matter. My obedience matters. My devotion to Jesus matters. And if it matters that much, then each day that God gives me breath, I pray and resolve to do what Jesus said is the most important thing in life:
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31 ESV)
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor