Leadership.4 The Presursor by Caleb H.
October 20, 2008, 6:22 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

by Caleb Hancock

After discussing the purpose, possibility, and power to lead in a God-honoring way, I thought that it would be helpful to take the next few weeks and see biblical examples of leadership, both good and bad.

This week, let’s take a look at our ancient (and I mean a way long time ago!) relative: Adam.

Genesis 3 gives the whole account. Take a moment to read through this, recognizing that this isn’t a myth, but is an actual account of what transpired.

There were two specific points that we need to look at.

First, in verse 6, we see that Eve took the fruit, ate some, and then gave it to her husband, Adam.

So…what’s the big deal, right? How does this have anything to do with leadership?

Well, it is the vacuum left by the absence of Adam’s leadership that should draw our attention. Here he is, apparently observing his wife do exactly what God had instructed them not to do (Gen. 2:17, and 3:2), and yet he is sitting on the sidelines, merely observing.

If Adam was to be the head of his wife, if his heart was to lead her in a way that honored God, would that not have mandated that he warn his wife and put himself between her and the object of her sinful desire? That he plead with her not to sin and do everything in his power to protect her from Satan’s influence? But did he do that? No. He watched, and then, to seal the deal, ate the fruit along with her when she gave it to him.

Let’s continue on in Genesis 3 and note another incidence of Adam’s leadership.

We find in the next few verses, after Adam and Eve are aware of their nakedness and have hidden from God in the garden, when God finds them, he asks them how it is that they have become aware of this.

Many of you can see it coming.

It’s like watching a horror movie unfold before you on your TV screen and no matter how much you yell at it and beg the main character to not go into the dark basement alone, they do it anyway! It is a similar story here with Adam.

After God questions him, what is his first response? BLAME! He blames his wife! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Men, if we are to be God-fearing leaders, we must recognize that failure in our lives is not due to others’ failures, but our own. Unless we see our need for help, we will never receive it. Adam, and the rest of us who have inherited his nature (that’s everybody, for those of you keeping track), are infused with pride. We are quick to take credit for success, but even quicker to pass the buck for failure. If we are to be biblical leaders, it must not be so.

Thankfully, guys, although God IS opposed (actively) to the proud, he gives grace to the humble. So, we can expect that as we humble ourselves before Him and others when we fail, we will receive grace! This is what godly leadership looks like.

Aren’t you thankful that, although death came to all men through the one man’s (Adam’s) sin, and then death came to all of us, because we all have sinned (Romans 5:12), the story doesn’t end at Genesis 3:12?!

Rather, all of scripture, and all of history, point to the fact that God has had mercy on sinners who turn from their sins and trust in His Son, the Saviour, the Lamb of God who takes away sins through his substitutionary sacrifice on the cross in our place. Men, although like our precursor, we have all sinned, there is hope in Christ for all who are united to Him through faith.

We are not left to remain as proud, lazy, blame-shifting wimps, but are called to, out of joy in our salvation, lay down our lives to serve others by pointing them to the gospel of Jesus with our lives and mouths.

Points of Application:

  • Pray that God would give you a cross-centered view of life, that you would be filled with hope knowing that, if you have repented and turned in faith to Christ, God has washed away every sin!
  • Lead others with your example to fear God, to not indulge sinful desires, but to walk in holiness. (1 Thessalonians 4)
  • If you are aware of folks who are currently involved in active sin, plead with them to fear God and repent and turn to Christ

Galatians 6:1-2

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”

  • When things fail, and they will, humbly accept responsibility where appropriate, confess any sin, and seek to walk in holiness and honor.

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I have a couple of issues and qualms with this post.
First, “Thankfully, guys, although God IS opposed (actively) to the proud, he gives grace to the humble. So, we can expect that as we humble ourselves before Him and others when we fail, we will receive grace! This is what godly leadership looks like.”
-This is wrong. We already HAVE grace if we are in Christ! Our relationship, our eternal standing with God, is not hurt by our sin. We should repent of our sin, but do so so that our intimacy with our Savior is restored, because sin places a divide there (though not in our eternal standing and forgiveness).

Second, are you saying that the woman is not to blame at all? I’m not getting Adam off the hook here, but Eve is the one who sinned. Yes, Adam failed to be proactive. But Eve is also the one who ate first. I don’t want to get into a debate of “who sinned first”, but we must recognize that BOTH sinned.

Comment by Maverick


Humility is repeatedly commended in scripture, for believers especially. So, while humility isn’t a requirement for salvation (Ephesians 2:1-10) it is a necessary response to being saved by grace.

Saying that God is not grieved by our sin is not true. (Ephesians 4:17-32) While justification is not the issue, our justification should be evidencing itself in our lives through the pursuit of holiness (including putting off pride and on humility)

This in turn, humility, should mark Christian leadership. (see Luke 22:26)

While Eve sinned, Adam was our representative. This is why Romans doesn’t mention Eve, but Adam, as our ancestor and that through HIM sin and death entered the world and passed to all men for all sinned.

Thanks for looking and reading!

Comment by Caleb H.

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