The Angel of Leadership is St. Michael who represents the choice standing before each of us: whom will you serve? Michael has the Holy Grail in his left hand. This special cup was the chalice used by Christ at the first communion. It was also the object of holy quests taken by knights of Arthur's round table to prove their sincerity of service to God. The Grail also symbolizes womankind who carries the next generation in their wombs. In his right hand, Michael holds the staff of Moses. This staff represents leadership. Moses used his staff to compete with the priests of Egypt and to bring the plagues God sent against the Pharaoh. He also used this staff to lead Israel out of bondage, across a treacherous desert for 40 years, and to victory in battle. This is the masculine energy in each of us calling us to stand tall and defend our belief system when it is tested by those of another faith. Michael is dressed like a crusader, with the Jerusalem cross on his chest and cape. The equal armed cross is masculine (vertical bar) joined with feminine (horizontal bar) in perfect balance. The four smaller crosses symbolize growth and replication.
Matthew 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
The Angel of Leadership brings us this verse that is one of the famous teachings of Christ on leadership. Whoever is the leader is the servant of all who follow. Do you have someone who is your spiritual leader? How does this person serve you? (It may be that you have never met this person, yet their work has touched your life in a positive way.) Have you been a leader of others? Has your leadership style taken the followers into account? In what ways did you or do you serve them? Why must this be so?
Mark 10:43 Whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
The Angel of Leadership wants us to know that any leader must minister to those who follow. What is a minister? Is it just someone who wears a clerical collar and has a seminary education? Is it someone who is called to serve in a church? Is a minister a person who helps other people to find God? How can this knowledge help you in your positions of leadership? How can you use your position to bring God into the lives of those who work for you? How can you use your leadership in your family to the same end? How will this affect your life?
Luke 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
Every leader has to have authority, whether from God or man, to have respect from those who follow him. This verse is about Jesus who was doing things that other spiritual teachers in his day could not do. Jesus had authority and power. He has given this power through delegating his authority for us to exercise in his absence. We are to carry on his ministry.
When you are in a position of leadership, where does your authority come from? Do you have any power when you act without this authority? Do you get authority from more than one place? Do you ever use the authority Christ has delegated to us? In what way? Does the power through Christ increase the more you use it?
Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Another function of leadership is to teach those who are your closest supporters, grooming them to take over when you are not there or when you leave this position. This verse is a promise made to David by God to teach him. David began as a small shepherd boy, the youngest in the family. His formal education was probably very limited, but had to be good since Davidís life was spent being the king of Israel.
Do you have a mentor in your job, someone older who takes the time to show you what they know? Do you remember anything important this mentor taught you about life? Do you have a spiritual mentor, someone close who can discuss philosophy and morality with you, not just a book to read or a TV minister to watch? Are you a mentor for someone younger than yourself? What does this gift of service give to you?
Isaiah 48:17 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
The Angel of Leadership gives us this verse to show us that teaching is best done by example. Those of you who have been in the military know that an officer who demands certain behavior from his soldiers will not get their respect if he does not practice this behavior himself. Do you have a mentor whose words match his actions? Do you practice discernment in the choice of your mentors? Think of an example of some advice that was given to you that was not followed by the one helping you. Now think of an example where the advice was in line with the personís actions. Which one was the best advice? Why? Are you living up to the advice that you give others?
Isaiah 55:4 Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.
The Angel of Leadership presents us with this verse to show that every leader must keep his followers well informed. A witness is someone who repeats what he has seen or what he knows about an event. This verse describes well the role of a prophet who must lead the people from error into the will of God, which they have not seen for themselves or have rejected.
Prophets are not the only leaders, they are also found in the workplace. The people who are your superiors at work must know enough about your work to supervise you. Do you have a rapport with them that allows for the sharing of information? Do you share what you learn with those under you on the corporate ladder? What is the value of information? Does information lose its value over time? Do you feel well enough informed through channels, or must you go outside to add to your personal knowledge? What is the result when you do this?
Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
The Angel of Leadership brings this piece of prophecy regarding a time of trouble. Those who are to be delivered out of this trouble are written in a book that Michael has. Do you think your name is written in this book? How do you know? What can you do to find out if you are in this book? Is there a way to get evidence here on earth that your name is in this heavenly book? What difference will it make in your life to know this?
As we leave the Angel of Leadership, let us remember that leadership requires the ability to follow. Each true leader was once a follower who succeeded at following more than the others beside him. Jesus was a follower too, because he came to fulfill the law and prophecies. Jesus is our one true leader while we are on earth. We must act according to his directives to us on a daily basis. Just where does Jesus lead us? The hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers, makes the point that we are in a spiritual battle. The enemy may be the depressions and despair within our hearts. Leadership, both from within and from above, will rid us of this thief who steals the joy God has already given us.
He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
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