Selected by God?

In his book entitled Leadership, Rudy Giuliani cautions,

“Leaders of all kinds – CEOs, coaches, even the occasional mayor – run the risk of thinking they are where they are because of divine intervention.  When selected for a position of leadership, do not believe you were selected by God.”

The point he is getting at is that too often people in leadership begin to believe they are special.  He goes on to speak of the humility and self-awareness that leaders need to be effective and to make sure that pride doesn’t begin to drive their actions.

At first I dismissed this comment as not applying to ministry leaders.  Of course we are selected by God, right?

But honestly I wonder if there is something in that statement we need to consider?

In our belief that God has called us to our ministry role, do we begin to develop an attitude of arrogance?  Instead of our calling humbling us, do we believe it makes us untouchable?

I do believe that God calls us.  I do believe he has equipped us with certain gifts, talents and abilities that equip us to do a specific work.

But I also think that sometimes we can become prideful about that calling.

God could call or select anyone to do what he has positioned you to do.  Don’t take for granted that your calling is a gift.



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  • Jon Stallings August 20, 2013  

    Great thoughts Jenni. I know I have to be vigilante to keep pride at bay. I hope that the knowledge that God has called me leads me to humility because I see nothing within myself to have earned that calling. Also, without him I have not chance of living it out.

  • prajeethpj1 August 20, 2013  

    Thanks Jenni for sharing. It is indeed important that we should not take for granted on our calling. I’m blessed by your posts. Keep posting. you are a blessing. God bless.

  • Kelli Wommack August 22, 2013  

    Hey Jenni! This made me think of the book “The Tale of Three Kings” by Gene Edwards. Great book about leadership, brokenness, pride and humility. I highly recommend it. Edwards makes the statement that God puts all leaders in place – but it doesn’t mean they all reflect the heart of David. Sometimes He places leaders like Saul in position to humble us and make us more reliant on Him.
    Thanks for sharing!