Today you should read: 2 Kings 3
Everything Rises and Falls On Leadership …
John Maxwell says that everything rises and falls on leadership. In other words, the success of the origination and/or people following, are dependent upon the leadership that is set in place.
We’ve seen broken homes and bankrupt organizations due to absent or corrupt leadership. We’ve seen what kind of difference a new coach can make in the life of a team (BBN can attest to this with Cal and Stoops!). And we’ve seen how disciples and people in the church will inherit the characteristics of the leader, or how they will grow in proportion to the quality of leadership.
Throughout the entire book of 2 Kings, and specifically here in 2 Kings 3, we see how leadership impacts the spiritual health of the people following.
I want to focus in on two specific verse of our chapter today. In verses 2 and 3 it says,
“He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, though not like his father and mother, for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made. Nevertheless, he clung to the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it.”
We see here that Jehoram becomes king of Israel. The passage tells us “he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord.” But then we go a little further and we see that because of this, “he made Israel to sin.” This has huge implications.
All throughout these books we see kings raise up and kings fall down. Usually right in the beginning we are made aware of whether they did what was right or whether they did what was evil, in the sight of the Lord. But without fail, we are told of how that affected God’s people. When a king stepped up and did what was right, we see the nation turn around, repent, and begin to pursue God. And when a king pursued his own passions and did what was evil, we see God’s people follow in idolatry and sin. The people followed in the pattern of the king.
This is eye opening. God’s Word shows us how valuable leadership is. When we raise our children, lead our disciples, love those at work, and ultimately commit to faithfully lead as God would have us, our followers are impacted. When we don’t, they are impacted as well.
I think our goal here, today, is that we would give everything we have to being faithful in our leadership. We won’t ever be perfect, but we are to be faithful. And if we will pursue committed faithfulness in our following of God and building into our godly leadership, those who follow us will benefit from our faithfulness. Let us be “kings” who do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, and watch the “nations” who follow us repent and love the Lord.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione