I have good news for you…God is raising up leaders in these last days, and you’re one of them! Don’t make the mistake of wishing you lived at a different time. You were born for such a time as this, a time when God needs His church to be strong and bold, possessing all that He promised us.
One of my favorite leaders in the Bible was Joshua. He lived a separated life in so many ways, which ultimately led him to the land that God promised the children of Israel. In Joshua 1, God gave Joshua specific instructions to possess the land He had given them. In addition, He told them to destroy that which was evil. Any time you enter a blessing or claim a possession God has for you, not only does it have a positive effect in your life, but it also results in destroying a work of the devil and stripping him of one more thing. Therefore, it brings glory to God and benefits the kingdom of God when we possess our land.
Simply being a child of God gives us access to the greatness of God, and when we rise up and take our place in possessing what belongs to us, much like Joshua, we step into the role of “leader,” and God desires each of His children to lead in one area or another. Contrary to what people say, leaders are not born…they are made.A person may have some personality traits that are viewed as leadership qualities, but that alone does not make a person a leader. Let’s take a look at what caused Joshua to become the leader he was.
First, Joshua was a servant.Exodus 24:13 says, And Moses went up, and his minister Joshua: and Moses went up into the mount of God. Minister means “servant.” In Joshua 1, God said, Moses my servant is dead.God had a servant in Moses, but guess what? Moses had a servant in Joshua. The fastest and surest way to greatness in the kingdom of God is to be a servant, period! It is not to go out and print business cards, have stationery made up or put Reverend on the front of your name. A servant follows the one he/she serves. Joshua followed Moses for forty years!
Throughout my years in full-time ministry, I’ve observed peoples’ commitment. They seem to be loyal and faithful for a season, but after the honeymoon is over, it’s not as much fun as it was at the beginning because it’s more work than they thought it would be. Contrary to what many believe, ministry is work, and serving is work. Ephesians 4 says that God places the five-fold ministry gifts in the body of Christ for the perfecting of the saints, for the WORK OF THE MINISTRY…that is, the work of serving. When you get past the thrill of it and get into the work of it, you then find out if you have what it takes to be a leader. Joshua did. He followed Moses and his commitment caused God to work in him, leading him right into what God promised belonged to him.
Second, Joshua was loyal and faithful. He consistently stayed with his leader, and therefore, with God. When we study the Word of God, we find there is really not any commitment to God apart from commitment to His leaders.
Joshua’s first allegiance was to Moses. He loved Moses, and he wasn’t looking for a chance to upstage Moses or take his place. He was a Moses man, and he stuck as close to Moses as he possibly could. While he wasn’t looking for his own promotion, he was ready for it when it came along because he had been faithful and loyal in little things.
God couldn’t use a half-committed man. He needed someone who was fully committed in order to carry out His plan in the earth. Remember, Joshua possessing this land preceded Jesus coming to the earth so He could reach you and me.
Finally, Joshua did not murmur! Not once do we see Joshua murmuring against God or against the very people who held him back from possessing the land forty years earlier. I Corinthians 10: 5 & 10, But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Nether murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. In this passage the Holy Ghost credits their destruction to their murmuring.
Have you ever said, “If it weren’t for something or somebody, I’d already be there?” Joshua never did. For forty years he was held back in the wilderness because of the unbelief of the Israelites, yet he never complained.As a matter of fact, there were instances when he took up for them. That is an awesome thing!
Friend, every believer is a leader waiting to be manifested. God has ordained that you should lead in whatever area of influence you have. Apply these principles of leadership to your own life and watch God use you mightily in these last days.