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Original Leadership

Amy Ratsara

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Many feel overwhelmed by the thought of taking on a leadership position, often because of preconceived ideas of the type of skills required to fulfill the role. Yet, through studying scripture and seeking out illustrations in every day life, you will find out that anyone can be a leader because the best leaders are those that lead from who they are--their character. Come for inspiration on how to embrace being the type of leader God has created you to be in the spheres of influence he has placed you.

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Amy Ratsara

Attorney in Michigan

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  • January 2, 2020
    9:30 AM

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This message was presented at the. Thank you in Louisville Kentucky for other resources like visitors on the right. Good morning and welcome to the way see welcome in particular to this breakout session it's a one time only one hour session that we're going to talk about original leadership this morning and well talk in a couple of minutes about what that means and where that comes from and why that's important in terms of leadership but by way of introduction I will just let you know a little bit about who I am and why I am the person who's here I'm not 100 percent sure about that but I'm happy to talk with you about that my name is Amy Shepherd Lazzara and I work as a lawyer in Michigan I have been involved with g. y.c. since almost the beginning I started attending many many ons ago back in 2003 and I was involved in u.s. youth leadership on the Executive Committee from 2008 until 2015 the last time that we were here in Louisville I served as both the executive secretary of g y c as well as the general vice president so helped lead this organization on the every day level for about 8 years and have since retired from that type of leadership but continue to serve on board of directors so a lot of my leadership though not all comes from that experience I also have a public campus ministry background is there anyone here who studies at or has studied at a secular university. I see a few in the. Group here so I also studied a secular university at the University of Michigan that's really where I got involved with ministry and where I learned a lot about leadership as well so some of the things in examples we may be talking about will come from either that public campus ministry experience as well as from. The experience here at you but I see in other locations as well and very blessed that you all chose to spend this hour here I hope that you find that it is a used a good use of your time and that we will draw something together out of the Bible really the majority of our time spent today is going to be in the form of a Bible study I can get going and I can get talking but I mean there might be points when I'm asking for feedback and or for you know just what do you think and feel free to call it out we are recording this session so I'll probably just repeat whatever you say so that the recording hatcheries it but I want this to be something that interactive that's informative and for us to all just see how practical the Bible really can be in calling us about what it means to be a leader the last thing I'll say by means of introduction is you know we heard a lot of different seminars that were presenting and even other ones about leadership that were going on some were talking about how to. Execute certain methods of leadership that's not what we're talking about in the seminar today we're talking more about the leader themselves what is it that has to happen in me in my heart and in my mind in order to be prepared to be a leader and the kind of leader that God is calling me to be so I hope that this is something that each of you will find meaningful that each of you will be encouraged because really all of us are called to be leaders in the different spheres of influence that we find ourselves and God is able and ready and willing to equip each of us to fulfill those leadership roles so with that let's go ahead and have a word of prayer and we will open our Bibles Let's pray. Do you have only Father we thank you so much for bringing us to see this year we thank you for bringing us together this morning as this group to talk about leadership to talk about the way that you have called each and every one of us to service to serve you in particular ways we pray that you would send the Holy Spirit to be with us now Lord that He would open our minds and enlighten our understanding of the Scriptures we pray that as we study together this morning that we each will receive a conviction about where you're calling us to go in our own lives about the ways you've called us to lead and about how to do that in a way that brings you glory and honor we thank you again so much me thank you for hearing this prayer and for answering and we ask this in Jesus' name amen. One more thing it may or may not be obvious to some people I am 6 months pregnant right now with our 2nd child and the only reason I bring that up is I've been noticing this is a problem at court and I can tell it's already a problem here I'm having a hard time getting deep breaths I'm known for talking very fast but talking fast with less lung capacity you know go well together so if you hear me like breathing kind of heavy I'm Ok I'm not having an asthma attack or anything bear with me or going to get we're going to get through it together Ok. Let me just and and sorry if I look a little frantic I just saw something that I've got a girl really quick my kid is here and being watched by someone else and so. Care that no that's not Ok so original leadership what do we mean by original what do we mean by leadership and what does that have to do with anything or everything so when I'm talking about original leadership I'm not talking about the 1st person who was ever a leader I'm not talking about the standard by which everybody must lead that's not the different definitions of original that we're talking about the definition that we're talking about is the type of leadership that's not dependent on other people's ideas and that's inventive that's unusual that's particularly to each and every one of us as particular individuals and leadership is the action of leading a group of people an organization or even a social group one of the things that we're going to learn as we study together today is that leadership is not necessarily confined to positions of leadership rather leadership is a way of life it's a lifestyle and it's something that happens as a result of God working in each and every one of our hearts. So we're going to be doing most of our study this morning in the Book of Exodus So if you have your paper Bibles with you please pull them out if you don't have paper Bibles with you but you have a cell phone please feel free to pull those cell phones out to pull up the Bible please try not to use them for anything else I will do the same and we're going to be studying the book of Exodus together this morning to see what it has to tell us about preparing individuals for the process of leadership and in the course of this I hope that we can answer several questions as we study this one is who is a leader do you have to be in a position of authority to lead. What does character have to do with original leadership why do people of void leadership situations are taking on leadership roles and what does original leadership look like. As we go through this Bible study together I also hope there will be a few occasions to share some personal experience with you in terms of leadership and then if at the end anyone has any questions and we have time left over will take those questions live in front of everyone for out of seminar time that you stop questions I'm happy to stay behind for a few minutes and talk with you at some point there will be quite a few quotes I'll be referring to and if you would like the references for those I'm going to try to get them added to the attendant absolute that you can have access to those as well so let's turn our Bibles to the Book of Exodus we're going to go to Exodus Chapter 2 Now you may remember that in the Book of Exodus This is a turning point in the history of the children of God that in the book of Genesis we learned about creation and then we learned about Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Joseph and all the rest of his brothers and that they ended up at the end of the Book of Genesis in the land of Egypt but they were a favorite people there because they were Joseph people but then we turn the page and we get to Exodus chapter one in an Exodus Chapter one we see that there was a new pharaoh in the land and he did not remember who Joseph was and that a prejudice began to develop against the children of Israel and then as a result of that prejudice they began a program of extermination that they were killing baby boys as they were born and throwing them into the Nile River and that is the context that we get before we lead into Exodus Chapter 2 my question was as I was studying this is what is the origin story of the lawyers or voyage of a leader. And again origin sounds like that word original It's not necessarily the same thing but where do leaders come from do they have to have an incredible story and incredible background to be able to grow up and become a leader one day so let's turn to Exodus Chapter 2 verses one through 11 and let's talk about origin stories of leaders a little bit. I'm going to go ahead and read it but please follow along. And the man of the House of Levi went into as wife a daughter of Levi So the woman conceived and bore a son and when she saw that he was a beautiful child she hid him 3 months but when she could no longer hide him she took an arc of bullrushes for him dobbed it with asphalt and pitch put the child in it and laid it in the reeds by the river's bank and his sister stood a far off to know what would be done to him then the daughter of Farrell came down to date in the river and her maidens walked along the river side and when she saw the ark among the reeds she sent her maid to get it and when she opened it she saw the child and behold a baby lapped so she had compassion on him and said This is one of the Hebrews children. Then his sister said to ferals daughter shall I go in or go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you and ferals daughter said to her go so the maiden went and called the child's mother then Pharaoh's daughter said to her Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages so the woman took the child and nursed him and the child grew and she brought him to ferals daughter and he became her son so she called his name Moses saying because I drew him out of the water. So we see this is the beginning of Moses's story and isn't this often what we kind of think of the origin story of a leader. That has to be kind of a crazy story right that my goodness his mom thought he was a beautiful child and we'll get back to that in a 2nd that she had this sense that something was special about this baby and so she was going to save him so she put him in a basket and put that basket in the river and he didn't die in the river instead the princess of the entire nation the superpower at that point found him in the river pulled him out so this godly woman then gets to raise her son and then he goes and he lives in the courts of Pharaoh you know we think origin stories like this are necessary either on the one hand to be royalty It's funny how at least here in North America the United States particularly Canada still has them I guess but that we fought a revolution to get rid of having a monarchy and now Americans are obsessed with the British monarchy with the fact that I am born into power I am born into leadership I am born to be someone who is capable of showing people how to live for some reason we're fascinated with it because we got rid of it. Or on the other hand a story of struggle a story of hardness that you have to have come from adverse situations you know we'd look again I'm in addition to being a lawyer and the history nerd I loved to study history and one of the people I think about was Abraham Lincoln born poor in backwaters of the United States way in the early time of our history that he pulled himself off from his bootstraps self-educated himself and ultimately became one of the greatest presidents that the United States ever had by saving the Union so we think that we have to have these crazy stories to become a leader now every mother if you go back and you look in verse. 2 Exodus Chapter 2 verse 2 it says so the woman conceived in Burra son and when she saw that he was a beautiful child she hid him 3 months and I'm going to tell you something we have one son already my husband actually just joined us he's sitting there on the other side of the room. We're expecting another little boy and we both told ourselves that we were going to be good and we were going to be realistic about what our son looked like when he was born that you know newborns are not that cute that they're kind of ugly but ours he was you know we would be honest about how he looked and then look at this he's not even one day old in that picture really our baby he really is cute this newborn you know he must really be beautiful because look at that I mean can you believe that he was born with hair and everything but you want to know the honest truth that was a professional photographer at the hospital who took that picture of him and when we brought him home. Like a newborn he did look like an alien. But you know the Bible actually confirms an accident I'm sorry and Hebrews 11 that that Moses is mom was not wrong he was a beautiful child it's confirmed again later in scripture there was something about this mother that she knew there was something special about her son so sometimes these Origin stories they seem to mislead us they seem to make us think that do I have to come from somewhere special to be a leader No Not necessarily but at the same time those circumstances whatever they may be that we're born into can lead us to having certain convictions can lead us to having certain experiences and influences in our life that are ultimately preparing us for the leader that God is calling us to be and for each and every one of us God has given us unique circumstances he brought us into this world and unique circumstances I was born in Illinois and raised in Michigan and 7th Day Adventist communities and then went to a public university those were the circumstances that I was taken out of in order to become a leader but that doesn't mean that you can't be a leader if you were born into a non Adventist family you came to the Lord through somebody teaching you about him. Now you feel God Calling you to leadership it doesn't mean that if you come from any different kind of circumstances that God can't use you but the circumstances from which you came are something that God can use to inform your calling and your understanding of what he's going to do with your life. Now another thing to touch on with this our parents can often be a big source of influence on where we think our lives are going to go and sometimes parents get a bad rap for this you know like my parents are only going to be happy if I become a doctor or 5 become a lawyer or if I become you know an engineer or some other professional you know they think that that's what's best for me and honestly sometimes parents do think that's what's best for you because they want you to have a comfortable life or a good life just because your parents want those kinds of things for you doesn't necessarily mean that they're wrong it doesn't necessarily mean that they're right and we'll get into more about the individual search for meaning and for understanding what God has called us to do as individuals but know that parents can have a big influence in a positive way of understanding where God has called us to because they know what those earliest circumstances were so if you have parents especially godly parents who are still a part of your lives and who are available to you speak with them about what's been going on in your life and speak with them about this call to leadership that you're sensing and talk with them about that and see where they will be able to help you and if you don't have parents who fit that definition that's Ok look for mentors look for friends who can give you that kind of feedback as well. Now so that's brings me kind of to a question are we born a leader yes and no and we're going to get to that So yes we might be born into circumstances and with a calling that God has given us but no that doesn't mean that we're ready to do it just because of who we were born you know to be we're not born to be the king or queen of England God molds us into the person that he needs us to be. So transitioning from this I want to talk a little bit about what are some misconceptions of leadership what are some ways that we get the ideas of leadership wrong now again from all of this these experiences to have had through working with campus ministry through working with you I see through working at work I've read a lot of leadership books and some do have good information some interesting information but the end of the day I think the Bible has been the best source for really learning about leadership and I think that in many ways we can be misled about what leadership is in the world and and a mis understanding that leadership is based on authority that's based on position that it's based on on these types of things as opposed to it being based on who we are who God is making us to be so let's continue to read in just in Exodus Chapter 2 starting with verse 11 and going to verse 15 minutes longer. Now it came to pass in those days when Moses was grown that he went out to his brother in and looked at their burdens and he saw an Egyptian beating a hebrew one of his brother and. So he looked this way and that way and when he saw no one he killed the Egyptian and hit him in the sand and when he went out the 2nd day behold 2 Hebrew men were fighting and he said to the one who did the wrong why are you striking your companion then he said Who made you a prince and judge over us do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian So Moses feared and said Surely the thing is known when Pharaoh heard of this matter he sought to kill Moses but Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and dwelt in the land of Midian and he sat down by a well. So most this let's kind of analyze the said thought that we talked earlier about how the feelings had turned in Egypt against the children of Israel that they were now a group against whom there was prejudice that there was a group against whom there were orders to exterminate the young people the baby boys from them to try to control the situation with. Moses grew into adulthood at this point he'd been raised by a godly mother who had instilled the principles of God in him you can learn more about that going back and reading in the book of Peter Jackson prophets about Moses. But then he also moved into the palace in Egypt and he was raised to be a prince he was raised under the daughter a fair old to be a part of the leadership of this country but he still had not been any for his people right we see that that really had a strong impact on him but he was able to go back and spend that time with his mother and he identified these people that he repeal as his brother and we know that's true by definition I mean he was born a Hebrew but he didn't reject that early identity that he had even though he had become a prince of Egypt he accepted his identity as being Hugh Peru he accepted that he was one of a 1000 and he saw that there was oppression going on against these people and he decided to do something about it so what did he do about it what did he do to the suggestion Yeah he killed him he used force against him thinking that that was what he needed to do to take control of the situation we're in oppressed people in order to be overcome the suppression what we're going to need to do is take matters into our own hands and I'm going to start that right now I'm going to stop this Egyptian from beating this you grill and I'm going to kill him but what influence did that really have then with his people what do we see that happens next he sees 2 Hebrews arguing and what does he try to do. He tries to stop them and they call him out and they say Who are you who made you a leader over us you're not in a position of leadership over us you're not in charge of us what are you going to do to us use the same force that you used against that Egyptian and Moses realized that he had done wrong and then Pharaoh hears what happened and is out to get Moses and Moses runs away Moses tried to lead in the way that he understood leadership to be he thought that he had to use force he thought that he had to use power and in the course of trying to go about leadership in his own way and the course of him trying to do things in the way that he assumed the world thought leaders were supposed to act he ended up feeling his failure led to him running away and going into the wilderness for 40 years now not all was wrong with Moses I want you to keep your fingers here in Exodus but to turn with me to Hebrews chapter 11. Chapter he preached Chapter 11. And we're going to look at verses 24 through 27 you know and a lot of times we hear. In talking about different leaders whether they be business leaders or world leaders or other types of leaders that they have complex stories they have complex histories being able to assess whether they're a good person or not can be complex because there's a lot going on here and the fact of the matter is there's some truth to that sometimes I think we use that as a reason to excuse people too much but let's take a look about what the Bible is saying about Moses here and Hebrews chapter 11 starting in verse 24 by faith Moses when he became of age refused to be called the son of Pharos daughter so let's look at this he had just failed right but there was something he had done right he refused to be called the son of Pharos daughter he didn't accept his princely identity he accepted that he was a Hebrew verse 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God then to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin that identity of who he was where he came from was important to him and this is something that was counted to him as a right thing he did even at this time in his life when he acted wrong verse 26 a steaming the reports of Christ greater than the riches in Egypt for he looked to the reward. 27 by faith for sook Egypt not fearing the wrath of the king for he endured a seeing him who is invisible and you know I do not believe that the Bible is engaging in some revisionist history here saying that oh yeah we said that he was bad the Bible says that he had messed up in Exodus chapter 2 but neither were he prison even were glossing over the history books and making him look good rather this shows us how God is using people and how things can continue to change how our motives can be right but when they are tainted with wrong understanding of how to go about doing things that we can still end up in the wrong place but God looks at our heart he understands those motives and those desires that we have and he wants to take us from that place where the motives are right to where that also the action is bright as well and so we see that he had some misconceptions of what leadership was he thought he had to lead by force he thought that it was going to be a military revolution that would take over these issues can be complex but they're not too complex for God He can help us overcome and make us into the leaders he has called us to be I'm going to share with you this quote now from the book education on page 1262 and for any young person I think that this book if you have not read it yet it is a fantastic resource for anyone who feels the call of God to be a leader in whatever your sphere may be it may not be an official position or anything but it talks about the power of true education of character development in order for us to be the type of people who are I got this world so highly recommend one of my favorite books. And this quote comes from page 62. Not yet was Moses prepared for his life work he had not yet to learn the lesson of dependence upon divine power he had mistaken God's purpose. It was his hope to deliver Israel by force of arms for this he risked all and failed in defeat and disappointment he became a fugitive an exile in a strange land he was defeated and he was disappointed because he had tried to do leadership in his own way he had a misconception of what that leadership was so let's kind of talk together and identify what are some these areas of misconceptions of leadership I have identified a few but I would also love to hear if you have any others so one of the main misconceptions I have to be born a leader I have to be born with a clear stamp on my haste that I'm meant to be a leader I have to be a naturally gifted public speaker I have to have tons of experience before I can be a leader I have to have a certain position for people to follow me I have to be an extrovert Are there any introverts here who feel like to be a leader that you really need to be actually rooted here I mean I feel you have seems like almost everyone else here is that accurate today. I have to use force fear or other methods of control in order to have people to follow me I have to look a certain way or be from a certain ethnic group or be born a certain gender in order to be a leader I have to be perfect being a leader means I'm worth something. Being a leader means I'm important being a leader means I'm powerful these are all misconceptions that we bring to our understanding of what leadership is and if we embrace that in the course of us following through with an area where we know God has called us it can lead us to failure just like it did to Moses but it doesn't have to now when we are fully surrendered to God and understand how he develops character in us to become the kind of leaders are there any other misconceptions of leadership that you think people exhibit Yes go ahead age yes that I have to be a certain age to be a leader I'm not old enough or in the case of a c. I'm not young to be a leader anymore and the other misconceptions people can think. All right status yes that I have to be from a certain family or a certain socio economic group or a certain part of the country a certain what a certain degree I have to have finished school in order to be a leader or like in Silicon Valley I have to have dropped out from Harvard or Stanford or something in order to lead a you know a awesome company that develops digital stuff we all get addicted to. You know all of these things can be misconceptions that we have about what it means to be a leader. Yes Ok very good question so the question is if they could act as double advocate devil's advocate I'm saying I've indicated we're not born leaders but in fact when we look at Genesis in the Creation account when the Godhead is speaking about creating mankind that one of the things let us make man in Our image that they may have dominion over the earth and so doesn't that mean we're all born to be leaders and so I thought maybe I said this too fast but yes I believe we're all born to be leaders but we're not because of the condition in which we are born as a result of the fall as a result of sin we need God's refining grace in each and every one of our lives to realize that leadership but yes each and every one of us are called to be a leader in whatever sphere we may find ourselves and we'll talk a little bit more about that as we continue to go on but that was a fantastic question so thank you. Now in the meantime what's going on with Moses in the meantime in fact the bible had a really interesting term for it I didn't write it down in my notes. Let me see we're still in Genesis chapter 2. In verse 23 Now it happened in the process of time or sometimes you may have heard it says like Meanwhile back at the ranch in the meantime what's going on with Moses during these 40 years he ends up in Midian he helps out these young women who are getting terrorized at a well as they're trying to water their flocks and as a result of helping them out he finds a new home he finds a wife he has a couple of kids and he becomes a shepherd he goes from having been a prince in one of the most powerful if not the most powerful country in the world at that time to being a humble shepherd to spending time in nature to taking in the glories of God all around him allowing God to cultivate who he was to work on his character to change him from that impulsive man who thought he needed to use force to learning how to deal with simple animals who needed gentleness in order to guide them along the way Moses was going through a transformation process during these 40 years in the wilderness. Referring back to the book of education pages 63 and 64 Ellen White puts it this way to Moses faith was no guesswork it was a reality he believed that God ruled his life in particular and in all its details he acknowledged him for strength to withstand every temptation he trusted him the great work assigned him he desired to make in the highest degree successful and he placed his whole dependence upon divine power he felt his need of help asked for it by faith grasped it and in the assurance of sustaining strength went forward such was the experience that Moses gained by his 40 years of training in the desert to impart such an experience infinite wisdom counted not the period too long or the price too great 40 years sounds like a long time right like I'm not even 40 years old yet so it still sounds it doesn't sound as long as it used to but it sounds like a long time to me. 40 years feels like a really long time yet we hear that no amount of time no period is too long or price too great to secure that one on one time with God that time where we get changed from the impulse of natural sinful people that we are to the person that God wants us to be that time when we're partaking of the grace that God has for us to make us into people who are more like him now this is an experience I'm not saying that if you want to be a leader you have to go now and you have to move out into the mountains of Utah and you have to hang out there with some sheep and you have to stay there for 40 years so that by the next time you come you have to pay the serve you know if the Lord not come by then you have to play the supreme plus rate to attend because after 4 years none of us will be young people anymore right. That's not what I'm necessarily saying here but has God called you at this point in your life to step away for a minute to take some time to be really programmed for lack of a better term by him you know this was something that I experienced myself. I indicated to you I went to a secular university for college went to the University of Michigan and I know still to this day with firm conviction that God led me there I don't believe he leads all young people necessarily to go to secular universities if you have questions about that something I'm very happy to talk to you about afterward about what counsel receive from the Bible as well the Spirit of Prophecy but I felt God calling me there to be a missionary and even with the understanding that my calling to go to the secular secular university to be a missionary it still happens that you get influenced by the world around you I lived in the dorms on campus I took classes there at the University of history major in a Spanish minor exposed to all kinds of ideas in those classes having to take science classes as well being exposed to ideas there being exposed to just different lifestyles and different ideas and while I remained firm to God committed to him and engaged in ministry those things do begin to have an impact on you just like with Moses he was raised with his real mother but then went into the palace of Egypt became influenced there and God needed to take him out for a while to preprogram to give him that better understanding I came to the end of my undergrad experience and. I thought I was going to go to law school. And I started my applications but I wasn't really getting any feedback from law school I wasn't you know things didn't seem to be going in that direction and I just had the sense in my heart that God wasn't calling me to go to law school that I thought maybe not law school at all or ever and the more I thought about it the more I prayed about it I knew God was calling me to do something for him or student group held Bible studies every week on campus at my university and early in the school year my senior year as I'm thinking about should I be starting these law school applications or not. One of the speaker who came in to share the Bible study with us that day made a call and said I know that there is someone sitting here in this room today who needs to be a missionary next year and at that moment the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and I knew it all that's me that's what God's calling me to do at this point. I'm not supposed to go to law school I was forced to take some time off and service for him so I spoke with this person he led the campus ministry program at the University of Michigan which is now at Michigan State University and I took a year off to be a missionary at a secular university campus and at 1st I really question God why are you doing this I've done campus ministry for the last 4 years as a student which makes even more sense than a somebody from the outside coming in because I'm in the classes I'm leading the student group. But I realized that I needed that time to be able to spend more time with God that he was calling me closer to him that I had plenty of time in the morning for good devotions that I had wonderful classes that taught me more about the Bible and how to study the Bible and how to really have communion with God that then I would go on to campus and share what I was learning from the Scriptures with other people and see how that changed their lives as well. As a young person at you know 22 or 23 whatever I was back then a year seemed like a long time it seemed like it would set me back in the course of my professional journey but I was willing at that point because of the call I felt that God had to sacrifice that time and potentially even more I thought that I wasn't going to really really thought when I agreed to do this that I may never go to law school but God called me there in order to prepare me for the next step of that journey that he was taking me on and that year was not too much time spent in fact in hindsight now already it's only been 10 years I think since I did that program that a year now almost doesn't even seem like that much time as young people you know a year 2 years 3 years can sound like a lot but in the grand scheme of eternity if that's the time God is calling you in order for you to come closer to him to prepare you for what the next leg of life maybe it is not too much time so as you're here at u.i.c. I would encourage you to take that time in prayer listen to the calls that the different speakers are making for each of you go to the exhibit booth area see the different ministry opportunities that are presented to you and see if God is calling you to just take a little bit of time from your life to spend some time closer to him to see where it is that he's calling you next. Let's turn to our votes keep reading an Exodus Chapter 2 back in verse 23 Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage and they cried out and their cry came up to God because of the bondage so God heard their groaning and God remembered his covenant with Abraham with Isaac and with Jake up and God looked upon the children of Israel and God acknowledged. God was not blind to the plight of his children in the country of Egypt he knew that they were oppressed he knew that they were persecuted he knew Moses was his man to deal with that but now was God's time to act in that situation and now his man was ready for him to lead in that situation but his man didn't think so and that's the funny thing that can happen to us as we come closer to God that we don't even see in ourselves capable of being leaders so that's what happens when we go to Exodus Chapter 3 and in this section we're going to look a little bit about what are some excuses people make from being leadership how many people here have ever been asked to do something whether it's something like teaching a stab at school class leading a salad school group or a student group anything that you know whether it seems small or on a grand scale you were asked to do something you're like I really don't think I can do that. Very good so I see at least half of the people here and for the other half I think maybe it has also happened or it's going to happen so let's talk about some of these excuses that we make when it comes to leadership when we think that we're incapable of going through. With what God has called us to do so in Exodus Chapter 3 verses one through 10. We see that God comes down. He makes his appearance to Moses in a grand way he comes to him in the burning bush he tells him This is holy ground he hasn't taken off his sandals and he reminds him who he is and he tells starting in verse 7 and the Lord said I have surely seen the oppression of my people who are in Egypt and I've heard their cry because of their taskmasters for I know their sorrows so I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land to a land flowing with milk and honey to the place of the Canaanites in the Hittites and the Emirates of the parasites and the headlights in the jet Besides now Therefore behold the cry of the children of Israel has come to me and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppressed them come now therefore and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people the children of Israel out of Egypt so God is giving Moses a very clear call to leadership right now you're going to go to this country where people are being oppressed and you're going to get them out of there now and I'm going to send you and I'm going to. Help you with doing this now remember when Moses was a younger man before he went into the wilderness this is what he wanted to do right he saw the Egyptians oppressing the Hebrews and he tried to intervene this is consistent with the call that God had laid on his heart on his mother's heart even from a very young age and yet when the opportunity comes does Moses jump at it. You know and if you don't know that's all right we're going to jump into it to see exactly what the Bible says about that no Moses is like no that's that's not my thing anymore sometimes when you give up a dream that you thought you had a call that you thought God placed on your heart it doesn't mean that it's gone forever when you give it up you may think it is and that's Ok but it may not be that it's forever God may call you very back to that very thing that he had placed in your heart even as a very young child just like I indicated to you I thought when I went to this missionary program that I may never go back to school I thought that I was done. If I did go back maybe it would be something else but that maybe my life was going to be a life of full time ministry in the formal sense working for the church or something like that but during that year I sensed God calling no you are going to go you're going to become a lawyer you just needed this time with me and as a result of that the change was crazy I started getting all kinds of recruitment letters and offers for free applications to apply to law school and ultimately ended up the significant scholarship to go I never reaches the else sat I didn't take any more classes to change me g.p.a. there was nothing different about me on paper to have changed that but it was the time and the place God needed me to go after I had received that special time with him that really made all the difference in the world and so if you're thinking about all of these things you know again trust in God and see where he's going to lead you and I promise you it will be a great journey anyway let's get back to what these excuses are Moses is 1st excuse Exodus chapter 3 verse 11 but most aside to God who I know I should go to Pharaoh and I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt who am I God who am I to lead I'm not qualified to do this I don't know what I'm doing I. Who am I to go while we saw that others besides the fact that God is calling him to do it he had been raised in the courts of Egypt he had experience with these people but he was a Hebrew he had a affinity for the sufferings of the people went through he was there but that's not necessarily the answer that God gives him about who he is in verse 12 God response to the subject. So he said I will certainly be with you and this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you when you have brought the people out of Egypt you shall serve God on this mountain Now isn't that funny the sign that he's going to give him this after he finishes the job of bringing him out of Egypt so here the here's how I let you know that what you were doing was right after everything's over Here's the assurance that you'll receive. But most is objection was who am I to do this we can have that objection to who I am I am not good enough to serve in that capacity I'm not good enough to lead in this role I'm not good enough to even make a difference on my floor in my dormitory who am I to do this thing that you've placed on my heart but God says that that's not a legitimate objection he says that he will be with us the next abduction versus 13. Versus 13 through 22 we won't go through all of those verses but starting in verse 13 then Moses said to God Indeed when I come to the children of Israel and say to them the God of your fathers has sent me to you and they say what is his name what shall I say to them so what is really Moses saying here does anyone have any idea what the hell's could be characterized this objection that he's making Who who who is exactly Yes Who are you to come into this leadership position who who are you. That's pretty audacious don't you think especially when God is presenting himself to you in this magnificent ways to be can you from a burning bush that's not being consumed by the fire and you have the audacity to say Who are you got to call me to this position but you know what it's interesting as we go through this isn't even the excuse that makes God mad there's only one excuse that Moses gives that makes him angry but this is not that is that God reminds him who he is sometimes we can have that too when we're going through leadership we fence God calling to us and we say got who who are you why are you calling me to do something like this but God reminds us who he is that he is the great I am that he is the God who founded the entire universe that created the earth in 6 days that made man in His image and gave them dominion over the earth he reminds us of that and that his name means something that is why it is so important to take that time every day in communion with God in prayer in Bible study to know who he is in the authority he has over your life so that you can submit yourself to that and allow him to lead you where he would have you other people. The next objection verse. In verses 4 or Chapter 4 verses one through 9 so after God gives him all of these reasons saying how he's going to lead the people out of Egypt with a mighty hand that he's going to use Moses to display the power of God to bring people to an understanding of how mighty God really is. Moses still has some objections. So in verse chapter 4 starting in verse one then Moses answered and said But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice suppose they say the Lord has not appeared to you what is he really saying here and he with you saying here that God doesn't have the power to speak to him very good. He's also saying that what if they don't believe me Ok so you say I'm a leader you say you have the authority to lead me but what if they don't believe that what if they don't follow me what's a leader without followers you know who who am I to lead if there's nobody who's walking around one of my friends she has a Twitter account and her description all it says is I just like the idea of having followers you know again a misconception about what leadership is what who might a lead if no one will follow but God gives him various signs for other people to be convinced that God is leading through him he gives them these miraculous signs during the ride down in it becoming a serpent putting his hand on his cloak and it becoming leprous turning the Nile into blood and then kind of gives some idea of the other things that Moses is going to be doing in Egypt all of these things he assures Moses he will do so that the people who he has to lead can have confidence in his leadership in the same way God can enable us it may not be throwing a stick down that becomes a snake to give other people confidence that he's called us to lead but in the fruits of our character in the way that we interact with other people and the excellence that we bring to our work God can use those things to help bring other people the confidence to understand I can follow this person because God is leading God is working in their life and that is the most important thing when it comes to leadership that the only people that we should be feel comfortable following ever are the people who we see God working in their lives and we need to pray that each of us are those people as well because if we get God has called us each to leadership and it's called us each to exert influence in his favor on other people. Turning to verses 10 through 12th Moses has yet another objection. Then Moses said to the Lord Oh my lord I am not eloquent neither before nor since you have spoken to your servant but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue so being slow of speech has never been my problem is indicated in the Getting I can talk pretty fast especially when I have my full long passages to breathe but we can use excuses like I don't have the skill that's necessary for a leader I can't speak I can't do this I can't do that I can't do this but God meets that objection right away and he says so the Lord said to him who has made man's mouth or who makes them you the deaf the singer the blind have not I the Lord now Therefore go and I will be with your mouth and teach you what to say whatever skills we think we may lack as a leader whatever techniques or capabilities we think we may lack God is able to step in and make that difference because he is the one who's made those capabilities and those possibilities it's an opportunity for us to learn to lean on him and now this last excuse and this is the only excuse where we see God get angry with Moses starts in verse 13 but he said he being Moses Oh my Lord please send by the hand of whom ever else you may stand what's Moses really saying there I don't want to do it anybody but me please Lord anybody but me and in verse 14 so the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses. And he said it is not Aaron the Levite your brother I know that he can speak well and look he is also coming to meet you when he sees you he will be glad in his heart now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and I will teach you what you shall do so he shall be your spokesman to the people and he himself shall be as a mouth for you and you shall be to Him as God and you shall take this wrought in your hand with which you shall do the signs God became upset because at the end of the day the truth came out Moses made all of these different excuses about why he didn't want to do this leadership role that God had called him to but at the end of the day it didn't come down to any of those excuses the truth was he didn't want to do it he wanted someone else to do it but even that did not disqualify him in God's eyes God gave him the support that he needed not just through himself being God but through his brother Aaron to leave these people he gave him the signs that he would need to do and he equipped him to be the leader that he needed him to be. We kind of talked about some of the misconceptions of leadership and I think the flip side of the other coin are what are these excuses that we make about not becoming a leader I'm too young I'm too old I'm too busy I'm not experienced I don't have all the answers it's too hard I failed in the past so why would I leave now. We can come up with many excuses about why we shouldn't do that thing that God has laid on our heart whether it's an official leadership position or whether it's a change that we feel God is calling us to make in the community that we're in in the culture that we're in in. Wherever we may be. But God does not need to worry about those excuses he's going to help us overcome and enable us to do the things that he has put in our heart God didn't care about the things most of us didn't have or wasn't able to do he cared that he was a man who was dedicated to him whose character he could trust with the leadership of the nation and I do want to just stop here and say this maybe instead of contemplating whether you need to go into a wilderness experience you sense that you're coming out of the wilderness experience right now that you really have gone through a big transformation by God's grace in who you are and the character that God has been developing in you and an opportunity comes up and it doesn't either seem right or it seems like that very thing that you had been taken away from when you began this character development process don't immediately reject it take some time to pray because maybe that experience you just went through was the preparation ground here which God was taking you to be prepared for this thing that you're called to now I see we're running short on time I had a number of quotes from the spirit of prophecy about. Leadership and the importance of character to that what I'm going to do is I'm going to have the organizers put that on the Attend to fire up so if you go back hopefully later today or at some other point you can go back to the seminar session and there should be a p.d.f. there but I will share just a couple of the shorter ones with you cling close to your bible for at sake of truth can purify and Noble and sanctify the soul you must hold the truth and teach as it is in Jesus else it has no value to you that's not in Christian leadership page 31 high position does not give the character Christian virtue. The way to become great and noble is to be like Jesus pure holy on defiled Christian Leadership 40. And then this last one from the book education this is a this should be familiar to some of you but for some of you it me be the 1st time hearing it and I hope that it speaks to you the way that it does to me the greatest want of the world is the wants of men men who will not be bought or sold men who in their inmost souls are true and honest men who do not fear to call sin by its right name men whose conscience is true to duty as the needle to the Paul men who will stand for the right so the heavens fall but such a character is not the result of accident it is not due to special favors or endowments of Providence so it's not based on who you were born to be or anything like that. A noble character is the result of self discipline of the subject of the lower to the higher nature the surrender of self for the service of love to God and that's one an education page $57.00 and this was Moses his experience his leadership success was not based on the fact that he was born with a crazy origin story that ended up with him in a river and getting drawn out it wasn't the result of the fact that he was adopted by the princess of the nation it wasn't the result of his education as being a prince of Egypt it was a result of that character that God developed in him in that time that he had to fulfill the call that he had on his life and because of that self-discipline that that learning to subject himself completely to God and allowing God's grace to control his life that he was able to serve God and to serve man let's turn to Deuteronomy Chapter 34 this is our last verse 40 years later most of his life comes to an end obituaries are something that can be inspiring that can be interesting that can be enlightening to learn about other people and in many ways this is the obituary of Moses in the Bible and this is what the Bible has to say about having Deuteronomy Chapter 34 1st 10. But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses whom the Lord knew face to face and all the signs and wonders which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt before Pharaoh before all his servants and in all his land and by all the mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel since then in Israel there was never a prophet like there was of Moses Moses was an original leader he was a unique leader he was a. Leader who was inventive and different than anything that anyone ever saw before then and ever since afterward that was a jumbled sentence but that was because God allowed him he allowed God to use him in the way that God had called him he allowed God to change his character to be one that glorified God when we each submit our own characters to God for that kind of formation he can use us and who he made us to be to be original leaders to so that God can say there's never been another leader like a Bailey like a Moses like a Mary like an Allen like an Emery God can call us to that individual type of leadership when we surrender ourselves to him we're out of time for official questions will close with prayer but if you have any questions afterward I'm happy to talk about them one on one and again we'll try to get this information up on the app so that you can have access to the quotes in the Bible verses but thank you all for attending and let's pray. Dearest Lord and Heavenly Father we thank you so much for the Bible that it's not. Glossed over version of history but shows us the real struggles complexities of things that go on in real people's lives that you took a person Moses who yes had the right ambitions and the right ideas about what you wanted him to do with his life but went about it in the wrong way that despite that failure Lord that you took him on and that you molded him into the leader you needed him to be to the ger people haul in the same way Lord we ask that you would use each of us create us to be the type of individuals you called us to be lord and use us in this most mighty task to help bring the Gospel to the entire world board that we too may help lead here people home be with all the young people here help them if they continue to go to the rest of us break out some of our sessions and their meetings May the Holy Spirit be speaking to them here and maybe the leaders you've called them to be. In. This message was recorded at the g y c conference by many or very few in Louisville Kentucky do I see you supporting Ministry of the 7th Day Adventist Church seeks to challenge and inspire young people to take a sacrificial initiative for Christ to download other resources like this visit us online at u.s.c. Web dot org.

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