Let's talk about how to be a strong and courageous spiritual leader (which rises from humility and faith) that takes ground for the kingdom and inspires and leads others to do the same, and let's use the book of Joshua as our prime Scripture. This is for everyone of you. We could also drop the term "leadership" and use "influence" instead. But leadership is more caught than taught. You learn to be a great leader by first following and learning from great leaders, or even from individual acts of leadership by individuals. I want you to envision the captain of his troops riding out to meet the enemy and the rest of the soldiers riding faster to outpace their leader...our focus is Christian (not secular) leadership but for all people (not just officers). Knox, the fiery Scottish reformer once said: ”I will keep the ground that God has given me and perhaps in his grace, he will ignite me again. But ignite me or not, in his grace, in his power, I will hold the ground” and…”Give me Scotland else I die.” (from The History of the Reformation in Scotland). Awesome!
Joshua fell face down in humility, Moses also had to take off his shoes and said he couldn’t speak well...without humility you will get nowhere with people, and without faith, you won’t take them anywhere!
On a cold, dark winter morning, a soldier rode out of his encampment and noticed a group of his comrades desperately trying to put a log on the top of a wall they were building. Each time they attempted it, the beam fell. The men were exhausted and ready to give up. The only thing stopping them from throwing in the towel was a corporal, who was barking orders. The soldier asked the noncommissioned officer why he didn’t lend a hand. “Don’t you see, I’m a corporal?” he answered, not realizing who he was talking to. Without saying a word, the soldier dismounted and helped the infantrymen put the timber in place. He then told the men that if they needed any assistance again, just send for him—their commander and chief. Who of course was George Washington!
Humility is the natural outflow of a deep encounter (and continued encountering) with God which is where all spiritual leadership begins! But Humility is also paired with faith, which is where the vision and the courage of the leader begins, with believing something so strongly that you are willing to die for it, and you are willing to lead others to their death for it as well! The number one reason I have seen Pastors quit, is that they stopped believing what they used to believe about God. And the number one reason I have observed Pastor’s who have been asked to leave, is because of a lack of humility, but it plagues all leaders at all levels! We must start with Humility and Faith that arises from an awesome encounter with God like Joshua had above.
In Prayer Today:
Seek God for the encounter of grace that brings humility and faith which will propel you into new initiatives!