A leader accomplishes great things when he is able to recognize the unusual mix of people God sends into his life to help him. They may not be his usual point of reference or the ones he would have chosen to look to for help, but God is able to use all these unusual people to make a positive impact on his life. And a leader's ability to recognize such people is the art of leadership.
1. A leader recognizes fathers that have been sent into his life.
Not all fathers have the ability to leave their children property. Not all fathers have the ability to even be such a positive example to their children. However, in some cases, God puts wisdom and wealth directly in your hand through your father.
You must be open to receive wisdom and direction through your father. Notice how Abraham's wealth came into the hands of Isaac.
And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
Wealth runs in earthly families too! The anointing also runs in spiritual families! It is important to recognize the fathers that God has sent into your life to lead you into what is right. If you fail to recognize these fathers you will not gain the advantages of being in that family. The wealth and the anointing that is intended for your family will then be lost.
It is important to recognize that the greatest indirect gift of prosperity that may come to you from your father is an education, or his words that direct your life.
You must realise that even the suggestion to go to school and the advice of what to study in school are sources of prosperity.
2. A leader recognizes friends of his father who have been sent into his life.
Note that the friends of your father can be a great source of help to you. That is why you must not remove the ancient landmarks. That is also why you must not break important family relationships.
If you despise your father and his friendships, you may cut yourself off from potential sources of wisdom and direction. Solomon wisely related with his
father's friends. King David, Solomon's father, had a good friend called Hiram.
Solomon maintained a good relationship with Hiram and benefited greatly from his father's friend.
And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David…
And it came to pass, when Hiram heard the words of Solomon, that he rejoiced greatly, and said, Blessed be the Lord this day, which hath given unto David a wise son over this great people.
And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: and I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir.
… SO HIRAM GAVE SOLOMON CEDAR TREES AND FIR TREES ACCORDING TO ALL HIS DESIRE.
1 Kings 5:1, 7-8,10
When Solomon was building the temple, he needed wood. Hiram had the ability to give Solomon good wood for construction. Because of the good relationship Solomon had with Hiram, this need was met without difficulty. The Bible says that, “Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees according to all his desire.”
Whatever wood he needed was supplied with ease! That was an amazing blessing!
If Solomon had not recognized the friend of his father who had been sent into his life to help him, he would have missed this great blessing.
The Bible says in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. It seems that God is in the business of giving a man when He wants to bless you. This is one of the ways which God chooses to prosper you. If you are not humble you will not be able to enter into nor enjoy the blessing.
May we not miss the people sent into our lives to bless us!
May we always recognize the different people who are sent into our lives!
May we recognize the amazing mix of people we meet at the different junctions of our lives!!
By Dag Heward-Mills