Prophecy #1 – Leadership #2Daily Thoughts
1 Corinthians 14:1 “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy”
In LeaderShift by Don Cousins, he writes that holding leadership as the greatest gift to possess is a ‘leadership heresy’. Church has been influenced by the business world in thinking that great leaders are a sure sign for a successful church. We make a great fuss about the importance of leadership, so much so that those not gifted with natural ‘leadership qualities’ feel under-par.
My dad, a Management Consultant in the area of leadership and development always makes it clear that everyone is called to lead, not just the great few. Leadership is more of a skill, character and attitude towards life, rather than a distinguished gift. As John Maxwell says; “Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less“.
Scripture makes a point to emphasize the role of prophecy, more so than leadership. Mentioned in both lists of ‘spiritual gifts’ (Rom 12 & 1 Cor 12). Paul writes that if we should desire any such gift, we should desire prophecy. But what exactly is prophecy?
Prophecy is the action of speaking forth, foretelling the future, revealing & declaring God’s heart for humanity. Prophecy is the gift of vision casting, speaking in faith, declaring things that are not as if they are. Without prophecy leadership is void because prophecy defines the vision that leaders work towards.
Before anyone starts leading, they should be able to carry and communicate the vision of the ministry, church or activity they are involved in. In the Old Testament, the Kings’ decisions always hung upon the words of the prophets. Prophecy is the most fundamental and greatest gift of carrying and communicating God’s heart for humanity.
Prophecy #1 – Leadership #2