Thursday, June 11

Good leaders listen

Scripture: 1 Kings 12, 2 Chronicles 10-11, Philippians 2

2 Chronicles 10:15–16 So the king paid no attention to the people. This turn of events was the will of God, for it fulfilled the Lord’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh. 

16 When all Israel realized that the king had refused to listen to them, they responded, 

“Down with the dynasty of David! 

We have no interest in the son of Jesse. 

Back to your homes, O Israel! 

Look out for your own house, O David!” 

So all the people of Israel returned home.

Observation

When Rehoboam ascended to the throne of Israel, he had an opportunity to win the hearts of the people.  They appealed to him to lighten their load.  He sought the wisdom of older men who counseled him to listen and do what the people asked.  Unhappy with that advice, the insecure young king sought counsel from some of his young friends.  They advised him to refuse the people and promise to increase their load instead.  Rehoboam foolishly went with that advice, and the people rebelled, and he lost most of his kingdom.

These verses say that the king “paid no attention to the people,” and “refused to listen to them.”  Big mistake!  Good leaders listen!

Application

It is important for a pastor or leader of any kind to listen to his/her people.  

Earlier this week, we hosted some meetings for leaders at LC.  Our original plan was to cast our vision for house church parties and secure commitments to host them.  But our recent survey revealed that 60% of our people would not do this.  So we asked our leaders why and were given half a dozen good reasons; we quickly pivoted and changed our approach.  

There is a time to cast vision and lead people into a preferred future—even one they may not initially prefer.  Sometimes good leaders must take people where they don’t want to go.  

But there is also a time to listen to people and adjust your plans accordingly.  This is not abdicating leadership; it is simply wise leadership.  Failure to listen and adjust when necessary can actually result in a loss of leadership and organizational disaster.

Good leaders listen…and adjust.

Prayer: Lord, help me, Pastor Michael and all our staff to be good leaders who listen well.  I pray that for all our people who lead at home, at work and in our community.  Help us to be listening leaders.