Moses was trained and raised in the court of Pharaoh. He was educated and taught leadership by the greatest leaders in the world. Egypt led the world in commerce and agriculture. They were the center of innovation and technology.
Moses led the people through the wilderness, established their polity and directed their footsteps through the unknown. He introduced them to God and set the foundations of their faith. He was familiar, strong, and boldly directed the nation of Israel according to the plans of God. But he wasn’t to accompany them into the promised land.
Joshua was to take the mantle from Moses and lead the people into their home.
God promised Joshua He would always be with him. He would never leave nor forsake him. The second piece of advice was to meditate on God’s law so that he would be successful. God would always be with Joshua, but he would not be successful unless he obeyed God’s law. God would provide the power to be successful, it was up to Joshua to use that power.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:7-9).”
Today, I believe the teachings of Jesus are the translations of God’s law. We are to meditate on them.
Jesus applied the heart of God’s law to our life under the new covenant.
God’s law had three purposes: educate, discipline, and protect.
The life and leadership of a Christian must first focus on God. Second, we must meditate on scripture to ensure we are successful. Scripture is the source code to life; it teaches disciplines that will produce our best lives.
The skills and emotional intelligence of a leader where taught from Moses to Joshua through a mentor relationship. This intelligence and set of skills were developed in Egypt and ordained by God. I believe the skills Moses used to lead Israel were like the leadership skills we have developed today. The place and time are relative. People are people, leadership consists of the same principles.
Google did a ten-year study on leadership to identify and develop the skills of a successful leader. This article identified ten attributes of a successful leader or boss (I recommend you read it). I emphasize the word successful, anyone can be a leader or boss, but only a few are successful. Success means taking the organization to the next level (growth, increase, better, best). Anyone can perform tasks. Anyone can sit behind a desk and walk through their duties. Anyone can just fulfill their obligations. Anyone can call themselves the boss or a leader, but few incorporate these attributes to make an organization successful.
God has called us to be more than standard. God has given us talents or gifts to be faithful with. I am reminded of the parable Jesus tells of the talents.
A master gave his servants talents before he went on a long journey. To each he gave according to his ability. When he returned, he received double what he had given except from one. This one servant hid what he was given in the ground out of fear. He only returned what he was given.
“You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So, take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:26-30).”
I will be blunt. If you’re not being faithful with what God has given you, he will take it away. Again, cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.
Get off your lazy ass and live out your faith.
You may find the language vulgar. I believe it translates to God’s blunt command for today.
May you find the value of what you have been given.
May you stop making excuses, such as fear and do something.
May all that you put your hand to prosper.
In His service and yours,