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 takes 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)
Actually, a manager needs the ability not only to make good decisions himself, but also to lead others to make good decisions. Charles Moore, after four years of research at the United Parcel Service (UPS) reached the following conclusions:
1. Good decisions take a lot of time.
2. Good decisions combine the efforts of a number of people.
3. Good decisions give individuals the freedom to dissent.
4. Good decisions are reached without any pressure from the top to reach an artificial consensus.
5. Good decisions are based on the participation of those responsible for implementing them.
—Charles W.L. Foreman, “Managing a Decision Into Being,” from the Management Course for Presidents, pp.3-4.
Joshua gets his opportunity to step up and lead; Chapter 1
Joshua establishes his administration;
Joshua’s leadership wisdom and the second survey of the land; Chapter 2
Joshua leads with courage in the Lord in the eyes of the people; Chapter 3
Joshua takes responsibility for his assignment, to lead God’s people;
Joshua left no one behind; v.1
Joshua listens to Divine instructions; vv.2,3
Joshua assigned prepared men to take charge; v.4
Joshua’s instructions to his prepared men mirrored those he received from God; v.5
Joshua interprets the meaning of the exercise in the midst of the Jordan to his men; vv.6,7
Joshua and each man did their job according to the perfect instructions of the Lord God; v.8