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“And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go…” (Josh. 1:16).
After being in control of our own lives from the beginning, it is a difficult feat to surrender the reins of control to someone else. It is difficult to submit to someone else’s rule. So when we are faced with leadership transition, it still remains a difficult task.We are used to the “old way” of doing business, and oftentimes, if we are not familiar with the new leader, we will buck against anything this person says or wants to do. This is not the proper response.
The children of Israel were faced with a similar situation upon facing life without their leader, Moses. Moses was the one who, under the Power of God, had led them out of bondage to Egypt and to the brink of entering the Promised Land. Now, Moses was preparing for his death and the appointment of Joshua as Israel’s new leader. Joshua had been with Moses throughout the Exodus, the wilderness experience, and the giving of the Torah. So he was familiar with the on-again, off-again relationship between the people and God.
God instructed Moses to lay his hands on Joshua in the presence of the people. The people knew of Joshua’s relationship with Moses and respected him as Moses’ minister. Therefore, the purpose of this ceremony was to demonstrate the beginning of the transition in leader from Moses to Joshua upon Moses’ death. This was an example of how leadership transition should occur wherein the possibility of rejection is minimal.
So as we observe the death of Moses and the change in leadership, we see the children of Israel in communication with their new leader concerning the continuation of their covenant relationship with God. The people have two choices: 1) they can reject their new leader, or 2) they can follow him in the same manner as they followed Moses. They chose to follow Joshua and continue to adhere to the leadership of Joshua as long as God continues to be with him as He was with Moses (Josh. 1:17).
What can we take away from this example? When we are faced with a change in leadership, we must be observant of the new leader’s character, principles and values. If we are following after Christ, by paying attention to these things, we can determine if we will subscribe to following this person’s lead. If we can determine that the new leader is following God wholeheartedly, then he or she is someone worth submitting to in the name of Christ.
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“And the Lord said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him; And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight. And thou shalt put some of thine honor upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient…” (Num. 27:18-20).
The transition from one leader to another can be difficult for not only the leaders, but for the people being affected by the transition as well. We can be so accustomed to one form of leadership that we almost ascribe God-like status to them. We hold them in such high esteem that we resist the change in leadership when it comes. We must always allow the change to occur as change is inevitable in life.
Sometimes, the current leadership has led us as far as their capabilities have allowed, and it will take a new set of eyes to see the vision necessary to take us to the next level of our existence. This is true, whether in our personal lives or in other areas of our lives. In the areas that are most difficult, we must learn to surrender to God and trust that the leadership He has set in place will continue to lead us into the area of promise. To reject God’s leader is synonymous with rejecting God (1 Sam. 8:7). Just a little something to think about…
Because as we continue to draw closer to God, He continues to cause us to see His purpose and plan for our lives with greater clarity. The lens with which we view and perceive things begins to shift from seeing things in terms of “What can the world do for me?” to “What can I contribute to the world?” Our lives’ mission, then, evolves from wanting to be served by others to wanting to serve others.
Understanding that we are all called to a position of leadership within the Body of Christ helps us all to learn how to approach life from a Kingdom’s perspective. We are called out of the world to serve the world by leading them to the Cross. Once we have led them to the Cross, we continue to lead them to God. After we have led them to God, we continue to lead them by our examples of godly living. It is an unending cycle.
Change your perspective about the importance of your life by shifting the position from which you view your life. It begins and ends with receiving and believing what the Word of God has to say about you. Embrace your life as God sees you…it will begin to change how you begin to see yourself and the importance of your role within the world…#thinkonthesethings