Exclusive vs. Inclusive. The process of leaving people, or things out….or conversely… allowing them in. Leave them in, or take them out? Learning the ‘in’s and out’s’ is not always easy, and often separates the Leaders from the Wannabe’s. We all have to deal with this issue, almost, every day. And, if we’re not… than we aren’t involved in responsible issues.
What to do? Planning a trip….who to invite? Having a dinner party at your house…who to invite, who to leave off? Going to a movie….who to go with? Car will only hold 6 people….who to leave at home? Only can choose 9 people on your team….who to eliminate? Only so much money allocated for raises….who to leave out? Decisions…decisions.
Ok…now, how to handle all of these scenarios? Enie-Meanie-Mighty-Moe…this one’s got to go. That’s one way. Another is …seniority; another is based on….who was included last time, can be excluded this time. Establish appropriate criteria, and apply it fairly. A good Leader can make decisions, and never look over his shoulder.
Think about This: The American Voter (and by their failure…those who did not vote) elected the Leader of the Free World… by exercising the process of “Exclusive vs. Inclusive.” One is IN…. the other is OUT.
Why did Jesus choose Peter? Why did Jesus choose Paul? Why did God choose Moses? Why did God choose David to succeed Saul? Why did God choose The Virgin Mary to be the Mother of Jesus? There is always good people to choose from, but a good Leader will choose the best to serve the purpose at hand.
The good news is that God has chosen each of us…for a specific reason, with a specific plan… designed and set aside… just for us, specifically with our name on it. He knows every hair on our head.
God chose Mary because He found ‘favor in her.” The Lord chose Moses because he speaks ponderously. He isn’t a rabble rouser, he’s a thinker. He has a sealed mind, and sealed lips. He chose Saul because ‘the people wanted a king.’ He chose David because He hand a ‘special relationship with him,’ and remember; David didn’t become King until 15 years after he was anointed by Samuel…so that God could prepare him to be King. God exercised His Leadership skills and as a ‘gift to each of us,’ He passed this same skill-set on to us, when He created us in His Image.
In Peter’s case… He even prayed for Peter in Luke 22:31-33 – “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!”
The Lord God, Jesus Christ… is all inclusive. When He died on the cross, He excluded no one….so that ‘we all’ might have life everlasting. We see in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal
…Blessings… cjlb …1/26/2017