Lessons from Joshua – Part 3

As we continue to walk through the first chapter of Joshua, we see that as we lead we have two great weapons to use that will help take us to two great results.

Two Great Weapons

1 – Clear Vision

Joshua 1:11 “Pass through the midst of the camp and command the people, ‘Prepare your provisions, for within three days you are to pass over this Jordan to go in to take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”

Here we see that casting clear vision is the most important thing a leader can do.  The ‘Why’, ‘What’ and ‘How’ is crucial for any team to know and its up to the leader to provide clarity for the team in each of these areas.  The team needs to know they’ll get ‘this’ (the Why), if they’ll do ‘this’ (the What) and that they can use ‘this’ (the How).

2 – Recalling God’s Promises

Joshua 1:12 And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua said, 13 “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ 14 Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them,15 until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you, and they also take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving them. Then you shall return to the land of your possession and shall possess it, the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you beyond the Jordan toward the sunrise.”

Remembering God’s past faithfulness is so important when we are counting on His future provision.  We see Joshua employ this weapon to get the people people ready to move forward.  Any time we are faced with an uncertain future or an obstacle that seems too large, a leader can rally the team by reminding them about how God has always made good on His promises.

Two Great Results

1 – The Team Will Follow

Joshua 1:16 And they answered Joshua, “All that you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. 17 Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you, as he was with Moses!

All that any leader should ever want is to be followed.  The epitome of leadership success is to look back and see that the team is with us.  Joshua took all of the Lord’s instruction, began to do what was necessary to lead, utilized his two great weapons and then experiences the peoples willingness to follow him.  I am betting that this will work for us too.

2 – The Team Will Fight For You

Joshua 1:18 Whoever rebels against your commandment and disobeys your words, whatever you command him, shall be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.”

All a leader should ever really want is to be followed… but what every leader can hope for is that the team will not just follow but fight for them.  These people tell Joshua that they’re so bought into him as the leader that the will follow him and if anyone comes against him they’ll fight for him too.  When we lead our team by serving their needs and helping them succeed, they will be ready to help us when we need it the most.