“…as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me…I gathered leading men of Israel to go up with me” (Ezra 7:28).
A mark of a godly leader is one who raises up other godly leaders. He doesn’t want to walk alone; he doesn’t want to keep God’s blessings to himself. He knows that there can never be too many God-fearing leaders.
How did Ezra raise up more godly leaders?
- Ezra made sure his team had everyone it needed to be successful. When he discovered his team had no Levites to oversee functions in the temple, he made an appeal for a Levite to join his team. “Then, by the good hand of our God upon us” God sent Ezra nearly 250 Levites (Ezra 8:18-20)!
- Ezra made sure his team would be adequately cared for. He prayed and fasted as he asked for God’s direction and protection for his team (vv. 21-23).
- Ezra trusted his teammates. He entrusted them with precious, irreplaceable treasures (vv. 24-34).
What Ezra did became contagious. The leading men that came to follow Ezra all brought other potential leaders with them as well.
Godly leaders are never content arriving at their destination alone—they want as many other godly leaders alongside them as possible.
My prayer—God, place Your good hand on me to empower me to raise up godly leaders.