27 Nov 2016

Be Prepared For Criticism As An Influencer

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This work, “Numbers 12”, is a derivative of “Mount Moses” by Mohammed Moussa, used under CC BY-SA 3.0. “Numbers 12” is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 by ICM Chelsea.

If you are in a position of influence or leadership be prepared for criticism, even from your nearest and dearest. It happened to Moses, it could happen to you. You cannot please everyone, not even God can do that.

In Numbers 12, Moses was criticised by his own sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron. Both were already leaders and prophets. However because of the 70 elders empowered by the Holy Spirit in the previous chapter they probably felt threatened.

Notice that Moses never defended himself, he allowed God to fight for him. Beware of saying or doing anything against a servant of the LORD like pastors. Like Aaron, be quick to ask God for forgiveness and to change your words (vv. 11-12).

Other prominent figures were criticised by their nearest and dearest. For example David was criticised by his wife Michal for worshipping God in an unkingly manner (2 Samuel 6:20-23). Jesus was criticised by his family, they thought He lost His mind (Mark 3:20-21).

Does this change how you respond to criticism at home, work, church and other places where you have influence or lead? How?

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