John Koedyker

READ : Jonah 3:6-9

When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he . . . covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. (v. 6)

Charles Swindoll once said that leadership can be defined in one word: influence. Leadership is all a matter of influencing people.

In our Scripture lesson today, we see a great influencer. We do not know his name. He is described only as “the king of Nineveh.” When he spoke, people listened. Here was a leader who knew what to do in a crisis. He repented and commanded that all the people do the same.

If you want to know whether you are a leader, look around and see if anyone is following. As a wise person once said, “He who thinks he leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk.”

Often in the world disaster overtakes nations because national leaders are not willing to admit wrong. This can also happen in churches when leaders do not take responsibility for sins. People can be wrongly influenced too. And that leads to judgment.

But there was no disaster in Nineveh. A good leader influenced his people by his personal example. We are all leaders; we all have influence over someone. Are you leading those you influence toward God, or away from him?


Lord, help me to be both a good leader and a follower of your word. Amen.