In a vision the Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, has (Isaiah 6:8), God asks who He should send as a prophet to His people. Isaiah immediately responds in two sentences and five total words, “Here am I. Send me!” Have you ever said, “Here am I, send me” to God or have you hesitated, knowing He just might take you up on it? When I was a parent of younger children and asked who was available for a job, my kids would tend to make themselves scarce quickly. That reaction to a voice of authority is not uncommon.
However, leaders, like Isaiah, do not wait to see if anyone else is going to step up when something needs to be done. Leaders initiate, take initiative. They are raising their hands and are not hesitant to stand and speak up. Leaders make decisions to lead and are willing to take the jump at short notice. Leaders obey God and know when to step aside and leaders obey God and know when to step in.
True Holy Spirit led leaders also know they are not capable within themselves to lead, they walk in a Holy sense of inadequacy. At the same time, leaders who know the voice of the Spirit, walk in a confidence that their adequacy is from the Lord only.
I have been a leader for a long time. I’ve wanted to be a leader and have been committed to growing my leadership skills. I have never been a perfect leader, but often felt like a mistake- ridden one. It goes with the territory. But when you as a leader respond to God with, “Here am I. Send me,” God knows He’s not getting a perfect leader, but rather a leader He is perfecting.
Leaders need grace like everyone does, especially when making a mistake. There is no perfect leader, only leaders our Father is perfecting.