Saturday, December 06, 2008

God is the ultimate leader

God understands leadership. He is the author of leadership. God shows us that leaders lead. They don’t just tell people what to do. No. They lead. They go before. Leaders are in front. You can’t take someone someplace you haven’t been. 

For instance, you can’t lead someone to Jesus if you don’t know Him yourself. Additionally we see that a good military leader doesn’t lead from anywhere accept from the battlefield. They lead their troops into battle, not simply command them into battle. They lead!

In Joshua 3, we see how God leads. He once again led the way for His people. God went into the river before His people. He put Himself in the place of perceived danger first. 

Before reading these passages, I want to point out the fact that the ark of the covenant in those days represented the very presence of the Lord. It was His seat. It was the place where His Spirit dwelled. 
Joshua 3:5-13 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves (purify yourselves), for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people.” So they took it up and went ahead of them.
And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river’.”
Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Gebusites. See the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. Now then, choose 12 men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. And as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord – the Lord of the earth – set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.” 
Not only was God the first to enter that place of danger, but He stayed in that place until all of Israel had crossed the Jordan safely.
Joshua 3:17 “The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.”
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ok, God didn’t simply point the Israelites in the right direction and tell them to go for it. I’ll see you later guys. You’ll be fine. Have a nice journey. No, God Almighty led the way and remained until all of His people were safe. The ark of the covenant was first to enter the water and the last to leave. This is leadership. This is the leader I follow today and the one I will follow all the days of my life! 

We follow the greatest leader in the universe. We follow the King of kings. We follow the ultimate commander. We follow the LORD Almighty! God goes before us and He doesn’t call us to go anyplace He hasn’t already gone.
Check this out:
  • He tells us to say no to sin – He was tempted in everyway, yet was without sin. (Hebrews 4:15)
  • Be holy as He is holy – just as He who called you is holy, be holy in all you do. (1 Peter 1:15  )
  • He calls us to forgive others. God led the way and has forgiven us. “Forgive as He has forgiven you.” (Colossians 3:13)
  • God calls us to love Him with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength … and to love others. Well, God first loved us with His everything. He gave His all for us. (Mark 12:30-31)
  • He commands us to make disciples. Jesus was all about making disciples. (Matthew 28:19)
  • He tells us to cast out demons, raise the dead, and heal the sick. (Matthew 10:7-8)
  • He tells us to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:29)
  • He calls us to pray & fast – when you pray & when you fast – not if… (Matthew 6)
  • He says that we must die to self and live for God.
You name it, God has gone before you and has led the way. He is THE LEADER! Let’s be people who follow our leader, Christ Jesus, with confidence.

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