Microphone is an instrument that converts sound waves into electrical energy variations which may in turn enhance amplification of the sound to be heard by multitudes of people. On the other hand, a powerful microphone in this discussion is not the sensitivity or durability of the electrical device, but it is synonymous to the power and authority that the word of a leader carried and the positive influence of his words that carry the mammoth large audience along with him in his lofty ideas and wisdom. As a powerful personality in the society, many people sheepishly applaud and follow the leadership and wholeheartedly believe in his wisdom and guidance. Moses understood the weight and power of leadership, that was why he initially declined to be the appointed leader that would face Pharaoh and demanded that the nation of Israel be brought out of Egypt. People generally always flow in the permanency of the usual status quo of oppression they are used to. Any leader that will rise up to the status of leadership to effect meaningful changes that will benefit a society must have possessed a measure of power and authority to carry the people along. Whatever the leader does with the power and authority will determine the greatness of his leadership for the glory of God and for the benefit of the people.
“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain. And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. (Exodus 3:9-15)
Moses knew his limitations. He had a speech impediment of stuttering. He knew fully well the difficulty he could encounter to construct every sentence that will be meaningful to the audience. Regardless of the problem of eloquence of his speech, it is one thing to speak to the audience, it is another for those words to connote power and authority, to receive the backup and support of the generality of the people. He beheld his inabilities, his nothingness and powerlessness. He asked the Heavenly Father, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” The ‘All Knowing God’ understood the shortcomings of Moses, He knew that Moses did not possess the microphone of power that he needed to communicate the authoritative and powerful language that Pharaoh can hear and become moved and trembled on his throne. The Lord answered Moses, “I will be with you.” This is an assurance that God will enhance Moses with His divine presence and power to stand before Pharaoh as a powerful force to recon with just as the literal microphone cannot function without electrical energy. Moses pressed further and said, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them? The Heavenly Father again knew that Moses did not possess the microphone of authority and revelation to speak to the Israelites as their leader. The Lord revealed His name unto Moses and said, “I AM THAT I AM: Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you” The revelation of God’s name was very important to Moses because the scripture says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10) Perhaps you are still wondering about what is so special about this powerful microphone? The acronyms below will shed the light to this precious instrument of leadership.
M—Mirroring God in righteousness and purity
I —Influencing others positively with the message of peace
C—Commanding the respect of others in godly exemplary living
R—Reflect on daily life events to conform with God’s word
O—Obeying the express leading of the Spirit of God
P —Practicing the precepts of righteous profession
H—Humility in listening to others for better communication
O—On-board in the company of people with faithful ideas
N—Non-compromising with evil norms of the society
E—Evaluating self in compliance with the law of God
In any way a leader is appointed by the community, whether by election or whether commissioned or chosen by God, it is an extension of the grace of God to serve humanity and in the process, demonstrate faithfulness and steadfastness in serving God with the authority of dynamism that comes with the package of his/her office.
Rising up in a critical time to meet the needs of the people and manage the affairs of the community faithfully, boldly, promptly and smartly while at the same time instilling confidence in the heart of the people is also the grace of the power of the microphone. When Moses stood in the midst of the Israelites at the shore of the Red Sea and declared, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace,” (Exodus 14:13-14) he was exhibiting the power of the acronym of the microphone that God gave him. When Moses challenged the congregation in the wilderness after they had dipped their hands into idolatry and asked, “Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him?” He was executing the precepts of the microphone above because a faithful leader does not compromise self with evil norms in the society as reflected in the acronyms above.
Setting a righteous standard, maintaining and preserving an old-landmark of righteousness are unique attributes of the power of microphone that came by grace of leadership. Nehemiah was busy mobilizing the people of God to rebuild the broken wall of the city of Jerusalem when a report came to him that the nobles among them were exploiting the already poor and ravaged Israelite. The nobles were taking usury from the poor on the loans they gave out to them. They confiscated the land and the valuable properties of the poor people that were unable to pay the agreed interest. They also put the children of the poor into bondage of enslavement because of usury. Nehemiah rose up to be a righteous voice of defense to the poor voiceless and oppressed people in the land. He gathered the nobles of the land and rebuked them. “You are hurting your own relatives by charging interest when they borrow money!” “What you are doing is not right! Should you not walk in the fear of our God? Let us stop this business of charging interest. You must restore their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and homes to them this very day. And repay the interest you charged when you lent them money, grain, new wine, and olive oil.” The nobles of the land replied, “We will give back everything and demand nothing more from the people. We will do as you say.” (Nehemiah 5:6-13 NLT) Nehemiah did not settle for empty promises, he also called the priest and made the nobles to swear an oath to affirm the performance of their promises. Nehemiah was appointed to build the broken wall of the city of Jerusalem, he did not compromise to build the wall to protect the evil doings of the nobles in the land. He applied the power of the authority of his office to stop the oppression of the nobles upon the poor.
The fact that you are not elected in a public office does not exonerate you from demonstrating godly leadership qualities. Every unit of a family is a mini-government. That is why people say, “charity begins at home.” Mirroring God in our leadership in righteousness and purity in our homes is very important. Living an exemplary life in integrity and uprightness is essential to inculcate Christ-like characters in the heart of our families. You are the servant and the chief cheerleader in your family. You are the voice of courage and hope to your children and a powerful armor of protection round about your family. You are raised up to defend the course of justice in your community for the glory of God. You cannot afford to trade the grace of leadership that God has given you for the things that perishes with time. Endeavor to use your microphone to be a mouthpiece of God to speak healing, justice, and peace unto humanity. Faithfulness unto God and unto the subjects under your watch is required in your leadership.
Prayer: O Lord, let your hand of mercy and grace mold and shape me in your righteousness. Equip me with your power and authority to be a faithful and useful instrument in your hands to bless humanity. Make me to be a voice of justice, peace and comfort unto humanity. Quicken my spirit to consistently crying Abba Father unto you at the cross-roads of my leadership for your glory in Jesus name, Amen.