"Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:6-9
You are a leader. Yes, you! You may not be the president or manager of an organization, but you will be called on to lead others.
Are you a Sunday School Teacher? You are a leader. Are you a parent? You're a leader. Have friends? You're a leader. Do you have a job? Yes, you are a leader.
No matter who you are, others are looking at you and being influenced by your example. As you think about this awesome responsibility, what should you do? I once read that a good leader "knows the way, goes the way, AND shows the way."
Joshua was just like that. He knew the way because God had told him. His desire to be obedient made him go that way and he showed the way by showing his servant-leadership.
God told Joshua to be strong and courageous (vs. 6), obey all of God's laws for living (vs. 7), think often about what God has said (vs. 8), and remember that God is with you." (vs. 9)
Remember these lessons in leadership because people are following our example. If we learn these well, we will KNOW, GO & SHOW the way that pleases God - and we will be good teachers.
Posted on Tue, May 6, 2014
by Sam Petitfils