8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”10 And Joshua commanded the officers of the people…
As the first chapter of Joshua continues, we see that as we lead there are…
3 Things We Need to Do
1. Know the Word – (8)
Joshua is told that his success as a leader is directly tied to his commitment to God’s word. Nothing is more important in the life of a follower of Jesus than to know Jesus. Jesus is known primarily through the bible. Our success as a leader will be directly tied to how well know the bible and leverage its truth as we follow Jesus.
There are a lot of great leadership books in the world, but none offer anything useful that isn’t originally found in scripture. Leadership is a gift that is equipped and grown by the gift Giver. Nothing will increase our ability to lead like knowing and doing the Word of God.
2. Not Doubt – (9)
As I mentioned in Part 1, I believe “strong and courageous” is another way to say lead by faith. Faith equips us lead without any doubt we might have in God or in ourselves. The fact that we are leading is proof that God has brought us this far and will be with us the farther we go.
3. Lead!– (10)
I love that Joshua listened to this instruction from God and then simply began to lead the people. We are not doing our team any good if we spend all of our time trying to learn more about leading but never actually stepping forward to start leading them. None of us will ever be perfect in leading, but we certainly will not grow as a leader if we don’t step up and actually lead. This seems obvious, but I have encountered too many people in a leadership position who aren’t actually leading. None of us will ever be perfect but the best way to grow as a leader is to simply lead.