R. Kent Hughes on Leadership from: Disciplines of a Godly Man

07 May

R. Kent Hughes on Leadership from: Disciplines of a Godly Man

I am finishing a book I started some time ago, and thought the following paragraphs were worth sharing for our edification.

“Moses was the greatest spiritual leader Israel ever had-far greater than Joshua.  The transition from Moses to Joshua was like going from poetry to prose.  Yet, God did not need Moses.  Even Moses was  expendable! What a truth for all leaders to grasp.  God does not need us.  He has used donkeys to proclaim His
Word!  He is perfectly capable of carrying out His plans without our leadership.  But wonder of wonders, joy of joys, He has chosen to use us.  We must take our call to leadership seriously.  We must glory in the work,
but never in ourselves.”[1]

“Good leaders are determined.  Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame displayed this elaborately framed statement composed by Calvin Coolidge: ‘Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent.  Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence, determination alone are omnipotent.’”[2]

“Mature male leadership is rare in the Church.  Are you part of the problem or part of the answer?  Be honest with yourself and God. Men, Joshua’s preparation for leadership tells us that is we sincerely want to improve our leadership capacity there are some things we must sweat for:

  • The commitment to and practice of intercessory prayer.
  • The pursuit of a great and growing vision of God.
  • A growing worship of and devotion to God. A big-hearted magnanimity that thrills at the elevation of
  • A faith that transcends the doubts of others.
  • A liberating understanding and embracing of one’s expendability.

The example of Joshua’s preparation calls for our perspiration – holy sweat.”[3]

I hope that this excerpt will be a challenge as we consider our responsibilities in our various God-given spheres of leadership.

[1] Hughes, R. Kent (2006). Disciplines of a Godly Man (187). Wheaton, IL:
Crossway Books.

[2] Ibid (188).

[3] Ibid.


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