Family Bible Study lesson for September 9: Following Godly Leaders
August 24 2001 by David Edgell , Numbers 27:15-20; Joshua 1:1-3, 5-9, 16-17

Family Bible Study lesson for September 9: Following Godly Leaders | Friday, Aug. 24, 2001

Friday, Aug. 24, 2001

Family Bible Study lesson for September 9: Following Godly Leaders

By David Edgell Numbers 27:15-20; Joshua 1:1-3, 5-9, 16-17 The topic of leadership has come to the forefront of Christian discussion. Christian bookstores have complete sections dedicated to the topic of Christian leadership. Topics range from how to develop yourself as a leader, to equipping others to be leaders. A book on corporate principles in the workplace may be as popular as a book on biblical principles in church leadership. Models for leadership are presented both in biblical and non-biblical terms. But what does it mean to be a leader? Is it possible to find principles for Christian leadership based upon non-biblical presuppositions? These questions and others will be part of the leadership discussion in the Christian community for decades to come.

As a word of caution, we must be very careful not to disregard God's standard for His leaders too quickly or philosophically. God gives clear and distinct principles regarding leadership.

While these questions are intriguing, they are not new. Many of these issues were the focus of the exodus by the children of Israel and the claiming of the promised land. God desires certain characteristics of His leaders. These characteristics relate both to actions and to character development. They integrate faith and godliness. The children of Israel had wanted action from their leaders, but that action had not always been the will of God.

They had also seen the consequences of leaders who did not focus on integrity and character. Joshua was about to lead a new generation of Israelites into the promised land. This new generation had seen both the work of God in blessing as well as cursing. Those who were brave enough to follow God and His leaders in times of blessing also often turned to the ways of the Egyptians and their leaders in times of uncertainty.

How could an enslaved people be willing to go back to Egypt? They were unclear as to God's model of leadership.

It was in this setting that the word of God gives us several characteristics of Joshua as a leader (Joshua 1). God's desire was for a leader who would act in faith and allow Him to shape the leader's heart. The heart of the leader will be reflected in the character traits displayed before those he leads. "Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this book of the law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:7-8).

The essential qualities of a leader are reflected in biblical principles. They are clear and distinct.

As Christians, we would do well to examine our focus and stay anchored to God's principles. After all, which came first, Nike's "Just do it" or God's "I will be with you"?

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