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Do you think of yourself as a leader?
If you asked me, I would argue that almost everyone is a leader. There are different ways that this takes shape, but I think most of us are given opportunities to be leaders. Mothers lead their children, friends influence and lead their friends, older believers lead newer believers, etc. I’d argue that if you look at your life, there is at least one person you are a leader to. I bring this up because as I have been reading
Numbers, I came across the story of Korah, and saw the weight of leadership.

In Numbers 16, we learn about Korah, who is a Levite. The Levites were one of the 12
tribes of Israel and played a large role in caring for the temple. Within the Levites, there were priests, who were responsible for the temple and temple worship. And while all priests were Levites, not all Levites were priests. This was how God designed it to be. A man named Korah did not like this. He, along with Dathan and Abiram, gathered 250 well-known men, and went to Moses and questioned his authority. They accused Moses of giving himself authority that he should not have had. However, if you think back to the story of the burning bush in Exodus, you’ll remember that God specifically called Moses to be a leader of the Israelites. This wasn’t something Moses specifically desired. He even asked God for someone else to speak before the Israelites, and God gave Aaron to help Moses lead.

In short, Korah questioned the authority of Moses that was directedly given to him by
God. In doing so, Korah was doubting God. Korah was discontent with the plan God had for him, and in that sinfulness, he doubted God and led 250 men to do the same. In response to this, God brought death to Korah, Dathan, Abiram, their families, and men they lead astray.

When I read this, I saw the weight of leadership. Korah, Dathan and Abiram had
leadership positions and used them to lead others into sin. They were following themselves and their desires rather than God, and they used their leadership to create division. God judged them for this.

I think that reading this story has important implications for our own lives. As I
mentioned, I would argue that most of us are a leader, in some capacity, to at least one person in our lives, and we have a responsibility to be leading them closer to Christ. So, how do we do this? While there are many ways we can lead others closer to Christ, one of the most important aspects is to know what the Bible says about godly living. If we know the Bible and encourage others to live as the Bible commands us to, then we can have confidence that our leadership will lead others closer to God. Korah doubted what God had said about the authority He gave to Moses, but we must not do the same. We must trust God’s word and teach it to others.

Perhaps this idea is not new to you, and if that is the case, then I would encourage you
in this: examine the areas in which you are a leader (especially the “unofficial” places you find yourself to be a leader in), and examine how you are encouraging others. There is a weight to leadership. We see this with Korah – God brought death to him because he was disobedient and led others to disobedience. Do not be like Korah and lead others away from God and into sin.

Love,
Jess