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)
A study was completed on corporate managers. In it they were asked if they took positions that 1) focused on the good of the company rather than personal benefit, and 2) jeopardized their own careers. Emerging from this study were the four leader-types which are found in all organizations.
Type #1 — courageous. These people expressed ideas to help the company improve, in spite of personal risk or opposition.
Type #2 — confronting. These people spoke up, but only because of a personal vendetta against the company.
Type #3 — calloused. These people didn’t know, or care, whether they could do anything for the company; they felt helpless and hopeless, so they kept quiet.
Type #4 — conforming. These people also remained quiet, but only because they loathed confrontation and loved approval.
The researchers discovered that the courageous managers accomplished the most, reported the highest job satisfaction, and eventually were commended by superiors. Their commitment had certainly improved the quality of their lives.
Jon Johnston, Courage – You Can Stand Strong in the Face of Fear, 1990, SP Publications, pp. 138-139.
Joshua is no longer in the shadow of his mentor, Moses. He now stood in his own shoes of leadership. The entire responsibility of leadership now falls on his shoulders. John C. Maxwell says that “everything rises and falls on the shoulder of the leader.” Whatever Joshua had in his mind while learning under Moses is now ready to be protracted in the reality. Joshua is about to get wet with the water of leadership of God’s finest, Israel. He has inherited a people that he must divide to them their rightful portion of their own blessing in the new land.
The Tool Box man/boy must be equipped and ready to take over when the opportunity presents itself. He must be ready and not get ready for his dreams and visions for his life. People treat people like they treat themselves. If a person treats himself well, he will treat others well. On the other hand, if he treats himself negatively he will do the same towards others. Joshua’s star power had risen to the occasion to take over the responsibility of leadership.
Joshua establishes his administration; v. 10
He rehearses history; vv.12,13
He shares the vision; vv.14,15
He receives the commitment of the people; vv.16-18
Joshua’s leadership, wisdom and survey of the land; Chapter 2
He used wisdom and sent only two out to survey; v.1
God provides grace for the mission
The predicament of being found in a the strange land of Jericho; vv.2,3
The preservation of God’s grace in Rahab’s house; vv.4-7
The provisions of God’s grace in Rahab’s house; vv.7-11
The promise of God’s grace in Rahab’s house; vv.12-14
The privilege of God’s grace in Rahab’s house; vv.15-17
The protection of God’s grace in Rahab’s house; vv.18-21
The power of God’s grace from Rahab’s house to get back home; vv.22-24