The Natural Man/Boy
The Spiritual Man/Boy
MEN GOD CHOOSES FOR HIS
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 (Devine invitation)
God breaks the man (Devine motivation)
God makes the man (Devine dedication)
God blesses the man (Devine inspiration)
God uses the man (Devine exaltation)
Joshua: God’s Humble, Loyal Rising Star Leader
(Identifying The Rising Star Leader In You)
Peter Drucker offers insightful guidance to the church when he calls leadership a peak performance by one who is “the trumpet that sounds a clear sound of the organizations’ goals.” His five requirements for this task are amazingly reliable and useful for those who dare to lead churches:
(1) a leader works;
(2) a leader sees his assignment as responsibility rather than rank or privilege;
(3) a leader wants strong, capable, self-assured, independent associates;
(4) a leader creates human energies and vision;
(5) a leader develops followers’ trust by his own consistency and integrity.
H.B. London, Jr. and Neil B. Wiseman, Pastors at Risk, Victor Books, 1993, pp. 227-228.
Joshua was an humble, loyal rising star leader. He let God advance him at the right time.
The Tool Box man/boy must see himself as a rising star on his way to his greatness. The Tool Box offers each man/boy the opportunity to rise to the leadership that God’s expects of him. The Tool Box man/boy’s leadership may be at home with family, on the job with co-workers, in school among fellow students, etc. God needs someone to lead others to where He has promised them to be. Regardless of the times or the situations, God will always have His Joshua to rise to the occasion to DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD. The question of every Tool Box man/boy is, “Do I qualify to lead others to be all that God made them to become”.
Joshua gets his opportunity to step up and lead
Joshua receives his command from God to lead; v.1
God gives Joshua confirmation to lead His people; v.2
God confers His blessing upon Joshua; v.3
God circumscribes the territory of Joshua’s administration; v.4 (see maps below)
God commends His authority upon Joshua; v.5
God privately counsels Joshua with His encouragement; vv.6-9
Joshua establishes his administration; v. 10
He communicates his vision; v.11
He rehearses history; vv.12,13