It takes a special kind of leader to do the right thing in the face of intense public pressure. Aaron was an effective public speaker, but without Moses’ guidance, he yielded to the crowd’s demand to make a golden idol to worship.
Many times we want our kids to have the recognition that comes with positions of leadership. But before you push your children into pursuing these positions, remember that effective leaders must be able to speak truth even when it’s unpopular with the crowd. That requires a unique gift that not every person has been given (1 Cor 12:7-26).
While good leaders are important, so are good, humble supporters. When Aaron followed his gifting, he was invaluable to Moses and God, but when he acted outside his authority he and the people were seriously harmed.
Encourage your children to discover and use the gifts God has given them, whatever they may be.
When the people saw that Moses delayed in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us because this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt-we don’t know what has happened to him!” (Exodus 32:1 HCSB)