Status quo is a Latin Phrase meaning the existing state of affairs, particularly with regards to social or political issues. It means whatever is normal. Some people are satisfied with how things are and make no movement to change it. Others are not satisfied with how things are but they, too, make no move to change it. However, a leader is not satisfied with how things are and takes initiative to change it. That’s one of the chief characteristics of a leader.
In my Daily Bible Reading I came across a man the Holy Spirit singled out as He led the writer OF 1 Chronicles to list over 600 names. One man among those 600 stood out because he was a leader:
1 Chronicles 4:9-10
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez, saying, “Because I gave birth to him in pain.” 10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my border [property], and that Your hand would be with me, and You would keep me from evil so that it does not hurt me!” And God granted his request.
This morning I’m meeting with two staff pastors at our Phnom Penh church to evaluate the members and attenders at our North Campus. We want to see who we have as leaders or potential leaders. By the way, what are the characteristics of a leader? Jabez shows us four characteristics of a successful leader who pleases God:
Four Characteristics of a Successful Leader Who Pleases God
- He/she overcomes internal lids. The mother of Jabez put a name on him that means suffering. She apparently thought her newborn son was a pain for her. Jabez might have grown up with this stigma on is life every time someone called his name. He may have had to deal with inferiority and rejection, but he overcame the internal lid to his potential leadership. Many people complain because they are poor or lack an education or never had some of the positive experiences others have had. Some people never move forward because of limitations they set upon themselves or personal disciplines or the difficulty of their situation. Leaders overcome internal and external lids. They just find what it takes to overcome !
- He/she looks to God as his/her Source. Whether you are the leader of a family, business, organization, ministry or church you will need the grace of a Higher Power to help you. Successful leaders who please God know that to lead their family, their business, their organization, their ministry or church they need God, and they cry out to him day and night for favor, wisdom and strength.
- He/she is not satisfied with the Status Quo. The big difference between leaders and non-leader is that leaders do not just see what needs to be fixed or changed, but they get up and gather the resources to make the change. They exert personal discipline, sacrifice, develop their understanding and skills and move forward.
- He/she is committed to personal integrity. The successful leader who pleases God does not cut corners. He is honest in his relationships with people, staff, finances and time. He/she chooses to take the high road even if he has to personally sacrifice lose to be honest with his employees, staff, vendors, donors, and others to whom he relates. He does not lie and is not dishonest in reporting.
I believe that everybody has the potential to lead in some capacity and I urge you to follow what God is putting in your heart and do everything you can to prepare yourself to be a leader who is pleasing to God.