Leadership Qualities: Courage Part 3
Elijah’s Fire and Passion-1 Kings 18:1-40 (positive)
Leaders always need courage. No one who wants to bring about change can manage without courage. Courage flamed in Elijah’s heart because:
- His resolution outweighed his reservations. Although greatly outnumbered, Elijah resolved that Baal had to be confronted at any cost.
- His desire outweighed his desperation. Although it meant risk, Elijah wanted to honor Yahweh more than anything else.
- His compassion outweighed his complaints. Although Elijah hated the people’s attitude, he wanted them to find and follow Yahweh.
Let the Fire Fall
As Elijah worshiped and prayed, he mustered the courage to call down fire from heaven. The fire inside of him drew down the fire of God, decisively defeating Baal.
The question for leaders today. When will the “fire” come down in our leadership? According to Elijah, the fire comes . . .
- When we know our message is from God.
- When we stand for what is right, regardless of the cost.
- When our need is the greatest.
- When we take our message to the people.
- When we bring others to a point of decision.
- When we repair and use the altar of God.
- When we face circumstances that only God’s fire will light.
- When we publicly trust God to do what only He can do.
- When we hunger for God to receive glory.
- When we desire to see others return to the Lord.
Join me next time for Leadership Qualities: Courage Part 4