THE BIG IDEA: To review men in the Bible that God called and used in His service to make Him great among men.
BIBLE FACT: God uses His own sovereignty to process and to call whom He wills into His employment to represent and to serve Him.
How God Chooses The Man
God calls the man (Divine invitation)
God breaks the man (Divine motivation)
God makes the man (Divine dedication)
God blesses the man (Divine inspiration)
God uses the man (Divine exaltation)
Joshua: God’s Humble, Loyal Rising Star Leader
(Identifying The Rising Star Leader In You)
Myron Rush identifies tough issues facing every Christian leader in The New Leader. We are wise to ponder them slowly.
– You must be willing to stand alone.
– You must be willing to go against public opinion in order to promote what you believe.
– You must be willing to risk failure.
– You must become master of your emotions.
– You must strive to remain above reproach. (People can accuse you but don’t let them be right.)
– You must be willing to make decisions others don’t want to make.
– You must be willing to say no at times, even when you’d like to say yes.
– You must sometimes be willing to sacrifice personal interests for the good of the group.
– You must never be content with the average; you must always strive for the best.
– People must be more important to you than possessions. (…and processes)
– You will have to work harder to keep your life in balance than people do who are not leaders.
Paul Borthwick, Leading the Way, Navpress, 1989, pp. 177-178.
Joshua was a rising star who would immediately take the helm of the ship following a much greater leader within 30 days. No one could ever doubt the abilities of that great leader Moses that led Israel out of slavery up to the land of promise. But, Moses died. 30 days later God trusted Joshua to determine the future of His people as they arrived into the promise land. Israel’s very profitable future hinged upon how Joshua made leadership decisions to give them what was already theirs. Joshua had to divide the heritage to each tribe in the rich promise land.
What about the leadership in the tool box man/boy? He, too, should seek to become a rising star among people and to persuade them of his ability to lead people to what God wants for them to have for their own personal inheritance. The question to the tool box man from this lesson series is, “Can I courageously lead other people of God for them to get their blessings from God for their lives?” (Discuss this before moving on with the lesson.)
I. Joshua with Moses learned the noise of the people of Israel; Exodus 32:15,17-19
II. Joshua learns a lesson in humility from Moses; Numbers 11:24-29
III. Joshua is God and Moses’ selection as leader; Numbers 27:15-23; Deuteronomy 34:9
IV. Joshua selected to tour the new land and keeps a positive prospective in the midst of a majority negative environment: Numbers 13:1-3,6,8; 14:6-10
- God’s chosen leader must be able to see the will of God in the plans for His people.