This is the eighteenth lesson in bestselling author and speaker John Maxwell’s Leadership by the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, tell them to sign up to receive John’s free email devotional here.
By John C. Maxwell
After running most of his life and trying to control his circumstance, Jacob finally let go and listened to God. He traveled to Egypt and spent his final days there. What can you learn from Jacob’s journey?
Lordship precedes godly leadership. You cannot be what God intends you to be and hold on to who you think you should be. That was Jacob’s mistake for too long. If you are to be useful to God, you must give God first place in your life. His throne is not a duplex!
Being in control limits your leadership. People who try to take control of their lives live far beneath their privileges. It was clear from before Jacob was born that he would be a leader of significance. God had a plan for him. Yet Jacob lived as though his future was uncertain. He occupied his time fighting for a future that belonged to him all along. For God to use him, he had to let go of his pride, his agenda, and his identity and let God redefine him.
Let go of your agenda. Hand yourself to God. Give him control. It’s never too late for God to lead you to a better life and leadership.
The above is adapted from The Maxwell Leadership Bible / Third Edition by John C. Maxwell (@JohnCMaxwell). Copyright © 2002, 2007, 2018 by Maxwell Motivation, Inc. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com.
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