Do you always offer your best as a leader? In other words, do you give your best thinking, planning, effort, and ability to those you lead and serve? Malachi 1 has some lessons for leaders.
When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 1:8
You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord. Malachi 1:13b
God is clear. He wants our best.
Offering Blind Animals
Blind animals can’t see. They are not using all their senses. They are limited to what they can know and understand. If, as leaders, we make decisions without having thought through the consequences of the decision, we are, in a sense offering up blind leadership.
Leadership requires vision. But in addition to vision, leadership requires seeking answers that ensure the strategy alignment, proper resource allocation, effective use of team member strengths and skills, etc. And that takes time.
A servant leaders learns, not simply to know, but to share. Knowledge is for sharing and empowering others…not privately hoarding.
Information is power. But a power that is hoarded is worthless. A servant leader knows information must be shared to be powerful.
Blind leadership is rushed. It’s half-baked.
Offering Lame Animals
Lames animals are not fully capable. They struggle. Lame animals can’t perform at the level or capability of others like it.
Lame leadership is much the same.
Lame leadership does not develop people to their potential. Lame leadership does not let others shine, or gain leadership experiences, or develop their aspirations.
Lame leadership puts up barriers or fails to remove barriers that get in the way of people reaching their potential.
Servant leaders make others the hero…make others feel like they are the leader. They develop others.
Offering Sick Animals
Sick animals not only carry an illness, they can spread that illness to others. Sick animals, may not seem sick to the naked eye, but over time the symptoms of sickness will appear…and it maybe to late to save it. And by then, it may be to late for others around it.
Leaders must be aware that one of their roles as a leader is be a creator and curator of healthy organizational culture. The cancers or illnesses of problems with people, moral, broken systems, inequity, etc. can cause the organization to become sick.
Leaders themselves can slowly give in to apathy and become sick themselves.
Leaders must guard against this.
We must create and curate Christlike culture. Christlike character is a means to an end….and also an end in itself.
Offering What Has Been Taken In Violence
Violence. God is opposed to offerings brought through violence.
Leadership violence is leadership failure that often begins with two words…”I want…”
Leaders who obtain there goals at the expense of other people. Leader who lie, deceive, misdirect, take credit for others work and ideas…do “violence” to others.
Violent leadership is selfish. Violent leadership is rude and self-serving.
Leaders do violence by making others suffer for their desires. They do violence through lack of civility, respect, or caring.
Like Jesus, a servant leader knows their own suffering and weakness must be part of your leadership paradigm
God Desires Our Offering of Great Leadership.
Servant leaders are first found seeking the Kingdom of God. Poor leaders seek first for themselves and use others to serve them.
Leaders must keep in mind that they lead people who are made in God’s image.
Leaders must do their best…they must rise to their potential and help others do the same.