2 Chronicles 7:17-20 is part of a world-class passage that we use in most churches to express the deep need for churches around the globe to have prayerful times of repentance and turning, so that God can bring revival to the land in which you find the churches praying. The passage being just a few verses above this one, starting in verse 11 of Chapter 7. It is God\’s answer to Solomons prayer of dedication for the Temple he had built for \”the NAME of the Lord his God.\” God responds to the requests of Solomon with an affirming and resounding \”YES\”. But it was the next few verses ( mentioned above) that caught my attention and led me to a conclusion. You can read them right along with this blog, or click on this link to read the verses online.
You can bet that God was not fooling around when he spoke to Solomon the way that He did. In fact observing that dialogue between God and Solomon, led me to this conclusion: \”Action reflects Attitude reflects Leadership\”. Sounds strange I know, but just hear me out on this one…. Everything rises and falls on leadership; according to John Maxwell, Leadership is influence. If that is true, then the basis for all action is determined by the leadership influence in the life of that person. Using Solomon, think back to his influence; it was David his Father. David wasn\’t perfect, and that shines through in some decisions that Solomon makes as King, but one thing David was good at was teaching and leading worship. You can see that in the way that Solomon references God. When speaking of himself and his father David, he uses possessive pronouns (My/His/Ours) that establishes how they both are in reference to position with God.
The attitude that a person has towards others in any context and most assuredly the church context, will normally reflect the attitude of the leadership. When the leader speaks in certain ways concerning others, the impact on children and followers is the same; they will speak in the same tones and veiled disdain against whomever is the target.
SO then if the attitude is a reflection of leadership, then actions will be the reflection of attitudes? How is that possible? Well perhaps more to the point being made here is that the actions a person takes in any given circumstance will negotiate with the innocent by-stander, the issues at hand. This passage speaks to this truth. God has placed alot of responsibility for the actions and attitudes of Israel squarely upon the shoulders of Solomon. If he is obedient to the commands of God, just like his father David had been (leadership and attitude), then God will bring prosperity to Israel (those upon whom Solomon would have the greatest of Influence. But if Solomon acted in the exact opposite and showed contempt and disdain for God by disobedience to His commands, then Israel would have been removed again from the promised land and there would be great upheaval. The promises of God whether positive or negative, are impactful enough to warrant concern. Removal from the land and captivity to enemies doesn\’t exactly sound like a day at the beach!
Not to get too deep in this blog, but more simply to say we should be aware of the actions being taken under our leadership, so that when viewed by others, we can be carrying ourselves –and those we influence– with a life that is above reproach. So check the responses and actions of those who are following you or whom you are being an influence too. You never know when somebody is watching and can get the first impression wrong about you and your leadership and those around you.