Spiritual Leadership Principle: One of the greatest qualities of a Christian leader is to have Godly wisdom. The best example of a person who had wisdom and how we can gain it is the story of King Solomon.
Person: King Solomon
Passage: 1 kings 3
Solomon was born around 974 B.C. and was installed as King of Israel by his father David shortly before David died. King Solomon was only 12 years old and was terrified of ruling Israel due to his young age, lack of experience, and absence of wisdom. King Solomon went to Gideon to worship and seek God’s guidance. During that time “God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, “What can I give you? Ask.”
Imagine if you had been given that much power at 12 years old. What would you ask for? I believe most people, including myself, would be self focused and ask selfishly for possessions or material things that would only benefit themselves and family.
However, King Solomon responded by saying, “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9). Essentially he was asking for wisdom. His desire and heart was to lead the nation well. He requested a quality that would allow him to be a good and effective leader. After hearing his response:
God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. ~1 Kings 3:11-13
Shortly after this encounter King Solomon used his good judgment and wisdom to resolve a conflict between two women which you can read in 1 Kings 3: 16-27. After successfully dealing with the conflict, “all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had made, and they stood in awe of him, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.”
The core of wisdom
Dictionary.com defines wisdom as “The ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.” The Hebrew word for wisdom means “skill in living” which in most case implies time (years) is a requirement for gaining and having wisdom. However, the above story shows God is the provider of true and lasting wisdom. King Solomon had the right motives and heart so God provided him with the ability to have good judgment, right discernment, and knowledge and skill to be able to lead the nation well.
The indispensable leader
The formula for being an indispensable leader is:
Strong faith + Godly wisdom + right choices = A leader who has character and good judgment which provides the leader with sustainable influence and positive impact.
The main priority as a leader and person of faith is to serve and love God with all our life. In Matthew 22 Jesus taught the greatest commandment is to “love God with all your heart, soul, and mind.” God will guide, direct, and lead us down the right path if we have Him at the center of our life and action. The result of following this commandment leads to a leader having character and integrity.
The second should be to grow in wisdom so we can positively influence and impact those around us. One of the greatest prayers a leader can pray is for wisdom. When we come to God with pure motives and ask for wisdom He is faithful to grant it to us. The key is to always be praying and asking for Godly wisdom.
Questions: Do you pray and ask for Godly wisdom? How has having wisdom helped your leadership?