Numbers 32:6 Moses said to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Shall your countrymen go to war while you sit here? 7 Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over into the land the LORD has given them? 8 This is what your fathers did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to look over the land.
Most people don’t consider themselves leaders, nor do they see how their actions affect others. However, Moses made it clear to the Gadites and Reubenites, “Why do you discourage the Israelites from going over…?” Although they come to a compromise, it is clear that these laggarts have a discouraging influence on the others.
As a leader, when I ask the led to do something, I am very aware of how group dynamics plays out. When the leaders with credibility stand up, others follow. When leaders with credibility don’t stand, the masses don’t either. But I see how even the non-followers have influence also.
As American’s, born into the principles of “freedom” and the right to the “pursuit of happiness” we don’t want anyone to have “control” over us. We think that our lives are independent of others. We believe that we can do whatever we want, and no one else will be affected. That simply is untrue. Our lives are like walking billboards – we project a lifestyle and attitude to everyone and anyone we have contact with.
We are told that Lot’s wife hesitated, and was turned into a pillar of salt, because of her husband’s hesitation. What an incredible burden to carry.
How can I get others to see this?
Father God, teach me to be a leader. Teach me to speak your vision in concrete terms.