Read: Joshua 24:29-31
Today it is a common thing to see people pushing for leadership positions in the Church. People devise schemes and play politics to get elected to executive committees. Everyone wants to be a leader and sit on some ‘high chair.’ What is the ultimate purpose in being elected? Is it to lead the people in serving God or is it for some other ulterior motives?
In the Bible, we see Joshua who started from humble beginnings. He was happy to serve under Moses and be his assistant. He did not seek any position. He happily spied out the land of Canaan. When ten of the twelve spies gave a bad report, he along with Caleb were the only ones who trusted that God would give them victory. The Israelites were almost about to stone him (Num. 14:10). He saw the rebellion and ungratefulness of the Israelites during their wilderness journey. In the conquest of lands, he led the people victoriously. Moses saw in him a good leader. In fact, he led from the front and distinguished himself as one who truly served the Lord. He said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). At the end of his life, the Bible says, “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua” (Josh. 24:31). What a fruitful ministry and service!
At the end of our lives or our term as a leader in the church, will we receive such a good report and approval? Joshua not only served the Lord with all his heart, but also led the people of Israel in the ways of God and urged them to walk with God. Can we ask the Lord to help us rightly serve Him by leading others to Christ?