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Christian Leadership: Principles from Jeremiah 17:10 (part 1)

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Jeremiah 17:10. God Searches Hearts.

Read it HERE. (NKJV, NIV)  Hear it read here: NKJV or NIV.

Introduction. Israel was already divided at this time. The Northern ten tribes had been carried off by the Assyrians years before, and God now seeks to warn the Southern Kingdom, comprised of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, about the same impending fate if they do not repent.  His instructions are clearly outlined in verse 10.

Vs. 10  "I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." - NKJV

Vs. 10   “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind,to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” - NIV 

Part 1 of 6: God Searches Hearts

First, God searches hearts. That's what He does. And what is He searching for? Well, two things: reciprocal motivation and adoration.


What do I value? This is the basis of your motivation. We tend to seek out what we value. Leaders who value efficiency will seek it out in all that they do; it is their motivation and how they will try to organize their leadership work.  Leaders who value team unity will seek it out in all that they do; that is their motivation and how they will organize their leadership work. There are many motivations for doing the same types of tasks, but in following God's leadership principles here, it is good to ask yourself what you value most. In God's case, He is searching hearts for what He values most: people called by His Name who reciprocally seek Him back. But what are YOU looking for? God says to seek His kingdom first and all other things will be added to you, which is a blessing of God's omnipotent protection that arises out of valuing the right things first. But in your leadership role, what do you value most and seek out in others as being valuable? Knowing this will give clarity to hiring, team-building, and successful leadership.

What do I respect? This speaks to our level of adoration. Who and what do we look up to and aspire to imitate? This is how we use our motivation to pick a direction. If you value wealth and respect craftsmanship, your motivation for wealth will be tied closely with the area you aspire to attain...with craftsmanship. It may mean inventing something, getting a craftsmanship-based business going, or filling a particular craftsmanship area that is not being met. Someone who values wealth, but hates performance will not build a strategy of being a performer into his or her plan. Those who do find themselves somewhat frustrated and disdainful of their own work and the people they work with. Their wealth does not get them where they want to be.  

Practice these two questions each day for a week and see if you discover anything new. As a leader, you must continually align yourself. Daily identify your core value (what motivates you best) and what or who you most respect and would like to emulate (what you adore). Did you discover a pattern by the end of the week? Use the information! It will make you a better leader because your self-awareness and the clarity of your strategic path will be evident. Hiring employees will be easier once you understand what you are looking to augment. Building an effective team will be more successful once you can understand how the team must mobilize itself forward in context in conjunction with or in spite of your own specific respect criteria. Navigating your company or job may become easier when you can tap into your own motivations and biases more clearly. Good luck!

Next article, 8/22/17: Part 2 of 4, Jeremiah 17:10

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