Who does God call to lead his people? How do we know when we are being called into leadership? Let’s look at Joshua’s example.
- Joshua was a loyal follower. Joshua 1:5
- Joshua was a humble servant. Joshua 7:6
- Joshua trusted in the Lord. Joshua 1:13
- Joshua was faithful. Joshua 1:9
- Joshua was obedient. Joshua 1:17
It was Moses who followed God’s command to appoint Joshua as his successor.
So the LORD said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him. Numbers 27:18
God’s calling may come to you through another person, someone who has witnessed your loyalty, humility, trust, faithfulness, obedience. This person has had a nudge from God to choose you. Or, perhaps no one asks you. Perhaps you read about the need in the weekly bulletin. Or you sense that there is a need for leadership in an area of the church in which you’re involved. Or it’s announced, you hear it in passing, you feel you have a talent that could fill it. Any of these may be your Joshua call. We need to then respond.
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
- Do you have the qualities needed for leadership: loyalty, humility, trust, faithfulness, obedience?
- What can you do to enhance these qualities in yourself?
- When is okay to say no to a perceived calling?