Summary: 4 of 4. Upon Moses’ death, God called Joshua to lead Israel. God always calls capable leaders to lead His people. What surrounds the leadership of God’s people? A Condition for Assuming leadership among God’s people is A Defined/Decisive...
CONDITIONS For ASSUMING LEADERSHIP-IV—Joshua 1:1-18
Worms for Supper?
Little Josh was brought to Dr Gill cause he hadn't eaten anything for days. Dr Gill offered him all the goodies he could think of. No luck. He tried a little scolding. It didn't work. A little pleading, to no avail.
Finally he sat down, faced the boy, looked him in the eye. He said "Look young man, if you can be stubborn, so can I. You're not going anywhere till you eat something. You can have whatever you want, but only after you have eaten will you leave.”
Josh just sat & glared for some time, then said “Ok. I'll eat but you have to share with me."
Dr Gill was ok with this. He asked the child what he'd like. "Worms!" said Josh.
Dr Gill was horrified but didn't want to back out & seem like a loser. So, he ordered a plate of nightcrawlers to be brought in. "Not that many, just one," yelled Josh as he saw the plate.
So, everything other than one worm was removed. Josh then demanded that the single worm be cut into two & then Dr Gill eat half. Dr Gill went through the worst ordeal of his life, & after finishing barely managing to keep his cool said, "Ok, now eat!"
Josh refused as he sobbed, "No way! You ate my half!"
Before we assume leadership/take control in anything, we had better be sure conditions are right.
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Upon Moses’ death, God called Joshua to lead Israel.
God always calls capable leaders to lead His people.
What is involved in being an effective leader of God’s people?
We have found some Conditions for Assuming Leadership among God’s people are
4. COURAGE(:6-7, 9)
6—A Condition for Assuming leadership among God’s people is
A Defined/Decisive OBLIGATION/Delegation(:10-18)
:10—“Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
:11—“Pass through the camp & command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you to possess.’”
—Corporate & Individual Preparation is for a common/shared task.
—Church membership = Commitment/Obligation to responsibility. We may get so caught-up in our obligation to one task that we ‘can’t see the woods for the trees.’
—Obligation/Commitment—Trust; Obligate oneself to.
—Cooperation—Work with one another
Share my 'mess-up' at Mt. Pisgah BC(The van incident).
“...Joshua commanded the officers of the people...”
—Deacons/Church Council/Heads of committees—
—Prior Commitments(:12-15)—“...but you shall pass before your brethren armed, all your mighty men of valor, & help them...”