Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth. He had his share of betrayals by those he led and those within his family. But he had a mission from God and he knew he had to get past those things to accomplish his mission. So must we.

A Peculiar People

The greater the influence and spiritual insight, the greater the vulnerability we have to pride (and a fall) as leaders. The apostle Paul was exposed to great revelation from God. It would have been easy for him to fall into pride and arrogance because of the exposure to the inner sanctums of revelation from God. This is why God allowed a thorn in the flesh to buffet Paul. It was designed to keep him humble.

Godly change agents often are called to operate from a place of weakness, not strength.

It often appears on the surface these change agents are operating from a place of great strength. However, many struggle to balance the influence and role they have with being a steward of their influence with faith and humility. Paul had great influence but he also operated from a place of physical weakness. He was not a great speaker or impressive in stature. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 that it would be His grace alone that would allow him to do what he was called to do. “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  

If you are a change agent in the making, expect God to take you through a season of character refinement designed to develop humility and trust.

Os Hillman is president of Marketplace Leaders and author of Change Agent and TGIF Today God Is First, a free devotional.

Publication date: April 30, 2013