…He took me there… (Ezekiel 40:1, 3).
God had an important message to deliver to not only the people currently alive but all the people who would walk the face of the Earth from that moment onward. God chose Ezekiel to deliver this message.
But here’s the important concept for all leaders—A leader cannot take people anywhere unless he has gone there himself.
And it’s corollary—A godly leader cannot take people anywhere that God is blessing unless he lets God take him there first.
If a leader tries to take people where he hasn’t been himself, at best he’s a tourist; at worst he’s a hypocrite.
When God prepared to take Ezekiel to where He needed Ezekiel to take other people, God wanted Ezekiel fully engaged:
Son of man, LOOK with your eyes and HEAR with your ears, and FIX your mind on everything I show you; for you were brought here so that I might show them to you. Declare to the house of Israel everything you see (Ezekiel 40:4).
A mark of a godly leader is one who lets God take him “there” before he tries to take anyone else there.
This is part 25 in my series on godly leadership. You can check out all of my posts in this series by clicking here.