What is it about power that a little of it turns the head and make a person
King Uzziah was a leader with a great mentor in Zechariah,
who taught him to fear The LORD. As he continued to sought the LORD for guidance,
God gave him success. His fame spread far and wide because God gave him great
help. But when he had become powerful, he also became very proud which led to
his downfall. He thought he was so special that he could flaunt God's expressed
instruction for the priestly service in the Temple. He ended his days as a leper
living in isolation. (Story in 2 Chronicles 26).
I would like to draw two
lessons from the life of this King. Firstly, when a leader seek God for
guidance, success is guaranteed. Time after time, leaders who seek the LORD never
got it wrong. Uzziah had a mentor who guided him in the way of the LORD, we have the bible as a guide
to the way of the Lord as a leader.
A leader who is enjoying great success
should never forget the source of their successes and take this for granted. Power
corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Power that comes from material
success and influence can lead to pride. Power and pride are two toxic combination that has led to the downfall of many leaders' from generation to generation.
It is easier to be very nice to people on your way to the top because you need their shoulders to get you to the next level. But when you get to the top and look down on those who had lifted you up, there is always the danger of being puffed up because you are looking down at them from your lofty position. Pride comes before a fall.
A leader that is full of pride will fall, it's just a matter of time.
A God centred leader continues to grow in humility as their influence grows. The more your success grows, the more your humility grows. The more your sphere of influence, the wider your humble heart. As your heart expands with humility, the less space pride occupies in your heart.
A leader who will impact their world always remembers that God resists the proud and give grace to the humble.
Be the salt of the earth and the light of your world.