The Lord Chooses Leadership Based On The Condition Of The Heart, Not Only On The Capacity Or Charisma!
Leadership Principles of the Book of Acts
23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen
Acts 1:23-24 (NKJV)
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Acts 1:23-24 (NLT) ― 23So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24Then they all prayed, “O Lord, you know every heart. Show us which of these men you have chosen
Acts 1:23-24 (NIV) ― 23So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen
Acts 1:23-24(MSG) ― 23-24They nominated two: Joseph Barsabbas, nicknamed Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed, “You, O God, know every one of us inside and out. Make plain which of these two men you choose
Development of Leadership Principles:
When there was a need for leaders, the first apostles recognized that only God knew who could really be a candidate for the ministry.
The disciples desired the will of God to fill the space of leadership that Judas left. After much prayer and going through the requirements of apostleship, two names stood out, Joseph named Barsabbas and Matthias.
The final step was for God to select, it wasn’t enough just having their approval, but the disciples sought the approval of God!
The heart is something that God sees in people when he chooses them to serve in a position of authority and to lead his people. He searches the true condition of the person and chooses them base on this. As it teaches us the way King Solomon was chosen to be King over his people.
1 Chronicles 28:9 (NKJV) ― 9“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lordsearches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.
The apostles recognized that the Lord had the final Word, only he could determine and establish authentic and genuine leaders. Only the test of the heart could identify this!
Proverbs 17:3 (NKJV) ― 3The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.
The Holy Spirit had an important role in positioning leaders within the ministry, that is why we need his guidance and direction! Prayer and fasting should be a way to select leadership. We must take the time to ask for direction from God, to not be rushed to fill a space of leadership with the wrong people.
Acts 13:2-3 (NKJV) ― 2As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.
Acts 14:23 (NKJV) ― 23So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.
Even Jesus took the time to pray all night before calling his twelve disciples, first let us honor God in prayer and as a result God will help us in giving us leaders with heart.
Luke 6:12-13 (NKJV) ― 12Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles:
Jesus knew very well what was in the hearts of the men, no one had to give him a report or a state of the people!
John 2:24-25 (NKJV) ― 24But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew allmen,25and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
Today we cannot commit the error in seeing only the appearance of a person for leadership, it is important to see the heart…
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV) ― 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Let us remember when David was chosen to be King, he wasn’t even one of the candidates! His heart was with the flock, watching faithfully over his responsibilities..
1 Samuel 16:11 (NKJV) ― 11And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes here.”
If we are not careful, we will put Absalom in the wrong places…seeing only his personality, his outward appearance, his charisma. At the end of it all they will seek to rob the kingdom of leadership.
2 Samuel 14:25-26 (NKJV) ― 25Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks. From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him. 26And when he cut the hair of his head—at the end of every year he cut it because it was heavy on him—when he cut it, he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels according to the king’s standard.
Why is it important for the heart to be revealed in selecting leaders…
The heart reveals the motive for desiring leadership. There are people with wrong motives serving the work of the Lord.
The heart reveals if in truth there is a servant’s heart or if it is only seeking a position, only true servants will be placed in leadership!
Appearances don’t always reflect the heart of true leader, God on occasions chooses the least likely people!
If the heart is right before God, then the rest is secondary! But if the heart is not right, at the end of the day, everything will come out wrong!
Foundational Scriptures of the Principle:
Acts 15:8 (NKJV) ― 8So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us,
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV) ― 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Kings 8:39 (NKJV) ― 39then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men)
1 Chronicles 28:9 (NKJV) ― 9“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. Si tú le buscares, lo hallarás; mas si lo dejares, él te desechará para siempre.
Jeremiah 17:10 (NKJV) 10I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings.
John 2:24-25 (NKJV) ― 24But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men,25and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.
John 21:17 (NKJV) ― 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.
Romans 8:27 (NKJV) ― 27Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
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