Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Leadership Promises - Don't Overstep Your Leadership

"[Uzziah] sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God; and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper . . . But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God."  2 Chronicles 26:5, 16
Leadership Promises - Don't Overstep Your Leadership
The choices we make nearly always reflect our true character. Uzziah's reign mirrored that of Asa, Josiah, and Amaziah - it began very strong and ended in disgrace. In the early years, Uzziah displayed strong, godly leadership skills. The Lord blessed him with military success. During this time, his inner circle included a godly spiritual counselor, Zechariah, who exerted significant influence for good. Uzziah sought after God, and the Lord prospered him.

As Uzziah's kingdom and wealth increased, however, his priorities shifted to personal success rather than the things that delighted God's heart. A raw desire for power consumed his soul, and the king intentionally stepped out of his God-ordained role. As a result, Uzziah left a legacy of disgrace. "He dwelt in an isolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the Lord." (2 Chronicles 26:21). A sad ending to a promising start.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible.
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