Spiritual Training

“If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” Exodus 33:13

The verse above is a prayer request of Moses who had been appointed by God to lead the nation of Israel. When it comes to leadership Moses reminds me the star athlete who leads by example—the first one to arrive at practice and the last one to leave, the one who works the hardest.

Consider Moses’ prayer request. He begins by asking God to “teach me your ways,” indicating an intense desire to be trained spiritually for the tasks and trials ahead. Moses by this time was already well-established as the leader of Israel and was already in close communion with God. Verse 11 says, “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.” But Moses was not content to stay where he was; he wanted to keep growing.

His objective was that “I may know you.” Moses knew that knowing God was the only way to make Him known. It is the key to leadership success and to having spiritual understanding. As Jesus prays in John 17:3: “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”

Moses prayed that the result of more fully knowing God and learning his ways would be that he might “continue to find favor with you [God].”This indicates a desire to continue training that he might continue growing in his ability to lead the people and so fulfill his role according to the Master’s plan.

Moses became one of the greatest leaders of all time because he sought success not for his own glory or recognition, but for the glory of God. And he never stopped training or learning.

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Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church