March 27, 2000

Leadership Lessons 

Read: Joshua 1:1-9 

Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
 –  1 Timothy 4:12

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.

Do you teach Sunday school? You're a leader. Are you a parent? You're a leader. Have a job? You're a leader. Have friends? You're 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? Someone has said that 
a good leader is one who "knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."

Joshua was like that. He knew the way because God had told him. He went that way by being obedient to the Lord, and he showed the way by providing servant-leadership.

Look specifically at what God told Joshua:

  • Be strong and courageous (v.6).
  • Obey all of God's laws for living (v.7).
  • Think often about what God has said (v.8).
  • Remember that God is with you (v.9).

We need to keep these lessons of leadership in mind, because people are following our example. If we learn them well, we will know, go, and show the way that pleases God–and we will be good leaders. –JDB

Christians, remember you bear His dear name,
Your lives are for others to view;
Living examples–men praise you or blame
And measure the Savior by you. –Anon.

Leaders who serve will serve as good leaders.
©2000 RBC Ministries--Grand Rapids, MI 49555