3 And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility
21 But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. 22 They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you.
In both references above, the issue at hand is growth. Growth creates problems and for those problems to be solved, there must people who can help solve problems.
In Exodus, Jethro said these people had to be capable. In Acts, it reads they must be full of the Spirit and wisdom. Both are describing how a leader should have competency when placing people into leadership if you want to move the group forward!
Whether you know it or not you’re a leader. You’re leading yourself first and foremost, and more than likely you’re leading someone else. However, the most important person you’re leading is yourself. The capability of leading ourselves is a skill that many ignore. By ignoring it, we are not improving or increasing our capabilities; therefore, we become stagnant.
We often will get into a comfort zone. We get comfortable with the ways things have been and the way things are. We continue to do the things that we are comfortable in doing, but expect a different result. That doesn’t happen! What you’ve been doing will produce the same results you’ve been getting. Leading is about moving forward!
Are you moving forward, or have you become stagnated?
If you want to move forward and lead yourself better, you have to increase your competency. To increase our competency, we have to know ourselves. Do you know your strengths? Do you know your weaknesses? Beyond knowing them, are you willing to admit you have them, especially the weakness part? You’ll never improve yourself living in denial, nor can there be healing in hiding. You improve yourself by admitting you have weaknesses and a need for healing, and then take the necessary steps in improving yourself.
If you don’t know what areas you need to improve in, find someone who will be honest with you, and ask them. Ask your family, your friends, and trusted teammates. The things, or areas where you need to improve, are often completely obvious to those around you! Some areas to look at for developing your competency are: communication and listening skills, delegating, giving and receiving feedback, encouraging, hiring, work ethic, technology, or discipline. Take a moment and think on those things. What areas do YOU feel you need to change?
We have been using a simple little system for our staff called the Enneagram test. The Enneagram shows you how you view the world. You can find that here:
There is another tool called the Myers-Briggs. This tool shows you how the world views you. That’s a whole another level of charging out of your comfort zone. You can find that here: https://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/take-the-mbti-instrument/home.htm?bhcp=1
I would encourage you to charge out of the comfort zone you are in! You charge out of a comfort zone by challenging the way things are.
Stretch your thinking, increase your understanding, do something you’ve never done, enlarge your capacity for increase by believing for something you previously thought was impossible.
The bible is filled with people who charged out of their comfort zones! They did it by believing God and then they went for it! You can too!
Believe God. . .like Abraham, who left what was familiar and held onto the promises of God.
Believe God. . .like Noah, who had never seen rain but built an ark.
Believe God. . .like the Centurion, who knew that one word from Jesus would bring life to a dead situation.
Believe God. . .like David, who took a rock and defeated the giant.
If God is going to enlarge your borders, you’ll need to leave your comfort zone and the predictable behind,so He can increase your capacity to believe and receive beyond your previous expectations.