WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A LEADER
Date: May 29
1 Chronicles 12:32
"And of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do, 200 chiefs; and all their kinsmen were under their command;"
If you want to be in command or if you want to be a leader, then you've got to be a chief. But you don't become a chief just by calling yourself, ‘a chief.' You become a chief by doing what it takes to be a chief. You become a chief through your actions – the works that you do.
This verse describes what it takes to be a leader. If you want to be a leader in your home, your school, your workplace, your community, your church, or anywhere else, this is what you need. This is the mark of exceptionally good leaders. These men had two things. First of all, they had understanding of the times. Secondly, they knew what to do.
So you have to understand where you are and the situation around you. You were not meant to live life without understanding. You're supposed to understand where you are in life. Understanding means to stand under your situation, so you can observe it and know all the details about it. That's the first thing you've got to know. You need to have an understanding of where you are because if you don't know what the situation is about, then you won't know what to do in that situation.
The second quality that these leaders had was knowledge of what Israel should do. Not what they wanted to do, but what Israel ought to do. Sometimes you may feel like staying home instead of working, but you know you ought to work. Sometimes you may feel like spending money instead of saving, but you know you ought to save. Sometimes you may feel like saying bad words to your spouse, but you know you ought to say good words instead. So, don't do what you feel like doing or what you want to do. Instead, do what you should be doing; do what you know is right.
So these people were wise. They understood the times in which they lived, and they knew what they ought to do (what they were supposed to do –what actions they should take). So if you want to be a chief or a leader, you have to understand the situation that you are in and know how to handle that situation. Knowing those two things is essential in good leaders.