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This is yet another clarion call for millennials to arise and build this country. If you have not read my previous post, this would be a great time for you to indulge
When we were young children we referred to us future leaders but the season has now changed. We are no longer future leaders. The time is ripe for us to lead this country not merely at the forefront in politics, but with our own lives. The greatest leadership is how you will choose to steward your life.
The country as is lies in a sad state with an almost negligible value system. It is upon us to build a value system for this country. This is not an easy task. But, this nation is our inheritance from God, it is a land that flows with milk and honey. There are talks amongst us that this country cannot be changed but we must arise and give a different report.
The same land that the Israelites said was full of giants and could not be subdued, Joshua and Caleb said that it flowed with milk and honey. Are there giants in this land? Yes! But God has given us weapons and strategies to defeat these enemies. A whole generation missed out on its inheritance because they complained and criticized the inheritance that God had prepared for them.
The blessing that rests on the righteous releases strength and favour to the entire city, but shouts of joy will be heard when the wicked one dies.
Many times just like Elijah we are discouraged because we feel like we are the only ones who care. Often I have found myself wondering whether my choices affect our country. Whether my prayers as an individual make a difference in this nation. However, Daniel is a great example that one man’s prayer can change the course of a nation. Esther is an example that one woman can save a nation. Through one man Jesus Christ the light has come to the world.
Our lives will only make a meaningful difference if we decide to live for more than ourselves. Like Esther, we must be willing to take risks for our nation. Like Daniel we must pray without ceasing for our nation. Like Joshua and Caleb we must always give a good report about our country. Like Joseph we must be faithful in all the places that God has placed us. Like Nehemiah we must build in spite of heckling voices. Like David we must choose to pursue above all else the heart of God for ourselves and for our generation. This is how we must lead this generation.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place but you and your father’s house will perish. Who knows whether you have attained royal status for such a time as this.
Coincidentally, as I was writing this post I came across an article that stated that this is the Jewish month of Adar where many moons ago the Jewish people celebrated the feast of Purim after averting a possible Jewish holocaust that was being orchestrated by an evil man Hamaan. When Esther realized that she had a become a queen for that very moment, it was a defining moment. We were born in this nation at such a time as this and like Esther we must choose to make bold and courageous choices for this generation.
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Quite a clarion call!
Believe you me, that clarion call resounded when I graduated from undergrad in 2010. I wanted to “change Kenya” and especially after studying the Bible and coming across the examples of David, Daniel, Jeremiah, and many others who were bravehearts, dispensing justice, caring for the needy, speaking up for the afflicted, not fearing anything or anyone but trusting in God.
Just look at these examples:
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Psalm 78:72 NIV
2The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me;
His word was on my tongue.
3The God of Israel spoke;
the Rock of Israel said to me,
‘He who rules the people with justice,
who rules in the fear of God,
4is like the light of the morning
at sunrise of a cloudless dawn,
the glistening after the rain
on the sprouting grass of the earth.’
2 Samuel 23:2-4 Berean Study Bible
1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
Scriptures that talk of how leadership in God’s eyes should be done. Then I attended numerous leadership training courses seeking to understand leadership (LTI, SALT, etc). I even gave talks to students on similar subjects (see one in 2011 here: https://web.facebook.com/notes/daniel-mutisya-mutuku/nurturing-a-young-career/153519461369952/). My plan was to become an MP in 2013 (at tender age of 25!). And if not in 2017. That was not to be! Life happened (story for another day).
A few lessons I’ve learnt along the way:
1. Leadership belongs to God
This is obvious, right?
Consider the examples:
New Living Translation
He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.
(God sets up kings)
New International Version
In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom–
(Darius was MADE ruler)
Daniel 4:25, 32 NKJV
25 They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven [f]times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.
32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven [j]times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.”
(God gives the kingdom of men to whomever He chooses)
John 19:11 Berean Study Bible
11Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed Me over to you is guilty of greater sin.”
(Authority is given to men from above)
Romans 13:1-2 New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)
13 All of you must obey those who rule over you. There are no authorities except the ones God has chosen. Those who now rule have been chosen by God. 2 So whoever opposes the authorities opposes leaders whom God has appointed. Those who do that will be judged.
(Authority is established by God)
All this tells me God is sovereign over nations, kingdoms and even local authority down to the church, workplace and even home. The authority an elder sibling has over the younger comes from God.
2. Leadership is servanthood to God (and laying up your life for others)
This is spoken of in so many scriptures e.g. when David asked for food for his men from Nabal in 1 Samuel 25 or when he refused to drink water which was sourced at great risk by his men in 2 Samuel 23:15-17. And there is also Jesus’ example of washing His disciples’ feet and demonstrating these words in Matthew 20:28 and Mark 10:45 by His life: “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
In leadership, you give yourself up for others. Other people are your concern, and you want to pour your life over for them. You are not at peace if you haven’t sorted out someone who is in distress and in need of help. Proverbs 31 tells us to speak up for the downtrodden. Leadership is lifting others up.
Also Romans 13 says similarly that those in leadership and authority are servants, God’s servants:
Romans 13:4, 6 NIRV
4 The one in authority serves God for your good. But if you do wrong, watch out! Rulers don’t carry a sword for no reason at all. They serve God. And God is carrying out his anger through them. The ruler punishes anyone who does wrong.
6 That’s also why you pay taxes. The authorities serve God. Ruling takes up all their time.
3. Jesus is the ultimate King
Just read Psalm 2 and Revelation 1:4-5. Also John Piper’s sermon on the same: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/jesus-is-the-ruler-of-kings-on-earth
4. We are sinners and only Christ can save us
This I found through experience. Ati (what’s the English version of this word??) with my moral authority I say I’m best suited to lead? Then God shows me sin in my life and then I realise I am worst suited to lead. Only God can lead me and work in me so that I do as He wills (Philippians 2:13).
For those of us who God has called to serve (read lead), may we not grow weary (Isaiah 40:31) and may He stir up our hearts like Zerrubabel in Haggai 1:14 and may He be our strength even when our flesh and hearts fail us. This is in Psalm 73:26 which says “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
A friend reminded me what I had told Him regarding vying in 2022. Will I? Watch this space!
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