Calling out the officers
I was passing through Exodus on my fast-track to Revelation when I noticed something in Exodus chapter 5. Pharaoh has just denied Moses’ request to let God’s people go from Egypt. And to further show that Pharaoh was still the head-man in charge, he told Israel that they would have to gather their own straw to make bricks. Before, the straw was provided, but not anymore. Now their work load has just increased dramatically. To add insult to injury, Pharaoh still required Israel to produce as many bricks a day as they were before the changes were made.
Israel having to gather their own straw, plus meet their daily quota, proved to be too big of a challenge. The brick totals start to decrease. Israel gets in trouble. The cruel taskmasters set about their business of whipping Israel into shape, and they are good at what they do. Previously, I had always thought that all of Israel felt the sting of the whip in this chapter, but that isn’t true. The taskmasters whipped the officers of the people. The Amplified version doesn’t say officers, but rather the title foreman. It ultimately wasn’t everybody that was held responsible. The leaders over the people were held responsible. The job didn’t get done correctly, and the officers are held responsible.
The buck stops here
Now I wouldn’t compare working for God with being in slavery in Egypt. However, this truth can be applied in any leadership arena. The person in charge is the person responsible if the job isn’t getting done.
If ConnectPoint isn’t going in the direction that it is supposed to go, well, that’s my responsibility.
Your team isn’t meeting their objectives and goals? Ultimately it’s the team leaders responsibility.
Your marriage isn’t where it needs to be? Sir, that is on your shoulders.
We as leaders need to learn this simple lesson. Don’t blame the guy on your team that is not effective. Rather ask yourself a couple of questions. Does he understand his job description? Has he been trained efficiently? Is this a good fit for him? Or does he need to be replaced?
Officers, how clear is your voice? How clear is the mission? How clear are your objectives? You should know, but does your team know?
The officers are where the buck stops.
Foreman, how are you leading?
1. The servants were watching the officers receive correction – leader, how do you respond to correction? You are teaching all of those on your team submission by personally taking an order without becoming offended.
2. Can you take a whipping and keep on ticking? The tough times we endure as leaders strengthen us in the long run. If you can endure struggle with a steel resolve, ultimately, you are teaching through lifestyle testimony that tough times are training for greater triumphs.
3. It wasn’t fair for Israel to gather the straw and make the bricks at the same rate as before. How does unfair treatment affect your production as a leader?
4. How do you respond to great challenges? Through great leadership, raw circumstances brought out great creativity.
5. After great vision has been cast, have you ever noticed that things seem to get harder instead of easier? Does this affect your vision? Do you teach others that this is part and parcel of the promises of God?
6. These officers went right to Pharaoh and asked for supplies for their people. Do you make sure that your team is well equipped? Do they need more training, team meetings, or equipment?