THE CALL OF A LEADER
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.” Isaiah 6:1, 8
The first eight verses of Isaiah 6 illustrate how God calls many leaders. When Isaiah receives a vision from God, the Lord lays out a need for someone to speak for Him. God has a message and is looking for a messenger. God issued a general call, for anyone, and Isaiah took it personally. He did so because of three factors that make up a divine call to lead:
- Opportunity: We see a specific place where we can make a difference. This has to do with timing.
- Ability: We recognize that we have the God-given gifts to do something about the need. This has to do with competence.
- Desire: We want to step out and address the need; our hunger pushes us. This has to do with our passion.
Excerpt from The Maxwell Leadership Bible