c. Those who are willing to work hard.
Serving others in leadership requires much hard work. A potential leader must be willing to both labor with his hands, and be just as diligent in studying the Bible. They must be faithful in the work of prayer, and also willing to help meet practical needs of their flock. Look for those who work willingly with their hands, but who also pursue the things of God with equal diligence.
2) “SUCH AS FEAR GOD” (Ex 18:21)
The second qualification Moses was to look for in leaders was a healthy fear of God. But what does it mean to “fear God”?
Those who fear God fully believe that there is a God over them. They know that every action is seen by God, and that they are accountable to Him. They understand that God is righteous and just, and they will stand before Him in judgment one day (Gen 18:25; 1Sam 2:10; 1Pet 4:5; Rev 20:11-15).
Godly leaders who fear God are conscientious, and would not willfully sin, even in secret. They seek to know and understand the Word of God, and obey it. They might have an occasional failure or succumb to temptation, as all people will. However, their fear of God will quickly bring them to repentance and confession, and into accountability with others.
Those who fear God will revere Him, honor Him and worship Him in spirit and in truth. They act and speak in ways that reflect their deep reverence for, and awe of, the holy and supreme God of all creation.
There are three important characteristics to look for when seeking a leader who “fears God”:
a. A Heart Of Humility
In Micah 6:8, the Bible instructs: “And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Those who fear the Lord desire to obey Him. They will do what is just and be merciful to others. They will also walk humbly with God.
Humility can be defined as: modesty; lowliness; having an unselfish concern for the needs of others. Humility is the opposite of arrogance, pride or selfishness. A humble person is not looking for what he can gain, but for what he can give. A humble person does not use people for his own gain, but desires to serve others for Jesus’ sake.
Humility is the key to maintaining love and unity in the Body of Christ (Eph 4:1-3). Those who are truly humble can get along with other people, finding common ground for fellowship and unity.
Humility is not self-hatred or pretending to be meek; it is not “false martyrdom” or acting “spiritual”. True humility is a healthy acknowledgement that God alone has all wisdom, power, glory and honor. Humility expresses itself in obedience to God, trusting Him for everything that is needed in life and ministry.
Humility is seen in a willingness to be a servant and take the lowly place (Luke 14:7-11). Those who are truly humble have a genuine love for others, and a servant’s heart toward them. They do not judge others or consider themselves superior. They are not harsh or critical; they are not proud or haughty.