I have heard it said that all of us are leaders in some capacity. If you are have someone answering to you, you are leading that person. If you have a child, you are leading that child. If you are a teacher, you are leading the kids in your classroom.

In his great book, The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters, Albert Mohler says that leadership starts with strong convictions. But the question is how does the convictions that Christians hold shape our leadership? In the next few blogs we will be looking at four christian convictions or doctrines that can shape our leadership.

But firstly we look at the christian conviction that God is in control of everything. Theologians call this God’s sovereignty. We could look at different aspects of God’s sovereignty but I want to focus on one verse that speaks of God’s sovereignty in a particular way:

“The Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Daniel 4:32

This is a phrase that pops up in Daniel in few other places (4:17, 5:21). God is dealing with two arrogant leaders (Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar) and the lesson that he is teaching them is that “The Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.” God alone is sovereign and in control, he rules we don’t and they as kings are only there because God has placed them there and therefore they should bow down and worship the only true and living God!

How does this idea impact our leadership? I think in three ways

1. Humility

If God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes then  I am in my position of leadership not due to my own knowledge, skill, wisdom or looks. It means that I am in my position of leadership because God put me there. It also means that God could take me out of that leadership position whenever he wants too without my prior consent just as he did with Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar. Therefore, God doesn’t need me to accomplish what he wants to do but he allows me to be part of his plans. If this idea grips my heart this gives me a huge dose of humility. 

2. Courage

If God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes that means that I have been put in my leadership position for a reason. That means I can lead with courage. If God has got me here for a reason that must mean he wants me to lead from the position I have. If God is backing me in my position I can have great courage maybe even in despite of hard circumstances.

3. Determination

If, as part of his sovereign plan, God has placed me in a position of leadership than that means I have a job to do and therefore I can be determined to lead well and with all my might. Far from “letting go and letting God” the doctrine of God’s sovereignty allows me to work harder and be more determined than I have ever have been because God has placed me where he has placed me for a purpose!

God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes. Therefore I will lead with humility, courage and determination. 

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