I love the story of Daniel – a young man of faith who is given leadership opportunities in a foreign land. Daniel rises to the challenge, leads with excellence and is promoted. The other young leaders become jealous and start looking for some “dirt” on Daniel… they find nothing, and realize the only way to get Daniel is to go after his faith.
1 Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province.
2 The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests.
3 Daniel soon proved himself more capable than all the other administrators and high officers. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire.
4 Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. He was faithful, always responsible, and completely trustworthy.
5 So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.”
Leadership insights from Daniel –
He was a capable leader and had great ability.
He was without fault – there was nothing to condemn or criticize.
He was faithful – always responsible & completely trustworthy.
The only grounds for accusation was in connection with the rules of his religion.
All of the church leadership scandals that I know of have nothing to do with faith or the “rules of our religion.” Rather, they are about things that even the world considers bad (stealing money, taking someone else’s wife, lying, etc.).
God’s church deserves quality leaders… leaders like Daniel – leaders who are capable and have great ability, leaders who are without fault, leaders who cannot be condemned or criticized, leaders who are faithful, leaders who are responsible, and leaders who are completely trustworthy.
Let’s be leaders like Daniel!