How To Build Fear and Trust as a Leader

Exodus 14:31 paints a wonderful picture of what leadership in God’s kingdom ought to look like:

“And when the Israelites saw the great power the LORD displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”

God calls us to obedience, and it’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s soul staggeringly difficult! However, when we are faithful, the results are awe inspiring.

The ancient Israelites saw God at work. The redemption from Egypt was so powerful, so visible, that it didn’t require any spiritual sensitivity to notice. Afterward, the people feared God and trusted Moses.

This is a good test for our leadership, and by extension, all of our relationships. As we relate to others, we ought to make it a goal to earn their trust, not demand or expect it. Additionally, we also need to point people to God, to help them respect and fear him more.

Faithfulness in God’s family doesn’t highjack his glory for ourselves.

The key for getting this right is found in adopting the posture of a servant. Moses did amazing things–stuff you or I will never do–but everyone knew who Moses belonged to, he was God’s servant.

When we commit to humility, it doesn’t matter what God does through us, everyone around us will know that God is the real power behind our efforts.

It is difficult to be faithful and do great things for God.
It is more difficult to be faithful and do great things all for the glory of God.

What do you have to add?