Summary: This is an examination of some guidelines for all who wish to provide godly leadership within the Lord’s Church.
1. Accept the Leadership Role (and Set Your Eye On the Goal), Verses 1-4.
Numbers 27:15-23, "Then Moses spoke to the LORD, saying, ’May the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation, who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd.’ So the LORD said to Moses, ’Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him; and have him stand before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation, and commission him in their sight. You shall put some of your authority on him, in order that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may obey him. Moreover, he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him by the judgment of the Urim before the LORD. At his command they shall go out and at his command they shall come in, both he and the sons of Israel with him, even all the congregation.’ Moses did just as the LORD commanded him; and he took Joshua and set him before Eleazar the priest and before all the congregation. Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, just as the LORD had spoken through Moses."
Joshua 1:1-4, "Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, ’Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory.’"
God has always desired leaders for His people to help them reach the goals He has established. Today, until a Scriptural Eldership and Deaconship can be ordained, the Lord wants all of the male members of a congregation to be good leaders.... to help the entire congregation reach its heavenly goal.
One cannot lead others, however, without paying a price. It takes time, effort, and energy to be a good leader for God’s own. Yet, each brother (young and old) should accept the responsibility voluntarily. Romans 12:1, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."
2. "Be Strong and Courageous" Verses 6, 7, 9.
"’Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous;...Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed..."
Once the brethren accept their role as leaders, they must exhibit strength and courage in the carrying-out of those duties and obligations that are necessary to keep the congregation functioning and moving closer to Heaven.