Disciple Up # 292:
Stewardship As Leadership
By Louie Marsh, 2-1-2023
1st Leadership Principle in the U.S. Marine Corps is this: “Know Yourself – Seek Self Improvement”
To know yourself as a Christian leader is to know all you have and are comes from God. It is to know you are a steward.
- Seeking self-improvement isn’t trying to exalt yourself, but to become more like Christ.
All done from a Stewardship Centric point of view.
Stewardship as Leadership “7For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,” (Titus 1:7, ESV)
- Good, Better, Best
- Good stewards chose good over bad, better over good, and best over better.
- They ask, “How can I do or be better?”
1st Excuse – They Won’t Listen
“1Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’ ”” (Exodus 4:1, ESV)
- God’s Answer – miraculous proof
“8“If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. 9If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”” (Exodus 4:8–9, ESV)
2nd Excuse – Which God?
“13Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?”” (Exodus 3:13, ESV)
- Provides His Sacred Name
“14God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”” (Exodus 3:14, ESV)
3rd Excuse – I can’t talk well.
“10But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.”” (Exodus 4:10, ESV)
- Answer – God can.
“11Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.”” (Exodus 4:11–12, ESV)
4th Excuse – He gets honest
“13But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.”” (Exodus 4:13, ESV)
- God Shuts Down the Debate
“14Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”” (Exodus 4:14–17, ESV)
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