READ: Joshua 1:1-18
- The response of God’s people, naïve as it may be, is the kind of commitment we should all be making. As they received the instructions to follow Joshua, and as they were reminded to concentrate on the Words of God, so they committed themselves to do that. They even received the word that failure to be obedient could result in death. It was the commitment to be faithful and submissive that would carry them into the Promised Land. It was the failure to keep that commitment that would result in lots of chaos going into their future.
- Many view leadership as a difficult calling. It is, in many ways, quite the opposite. Being a follower can be much harder. Following means you are not in control. It means submission to the ideas of others, some of whom you aren’t sure have the best ideas. Following means someone else is leading you into the unknown and you are often travelling with little to no information. Following is just plain hard.
- Yet that is the nature of discipleship. Discipleship is a commitment to following. But, it’s bigger than merely being willing to follow Jesus. It requires us to follow those Jesus puts over us in a local congregation. Part of our commitment to a church is a commitment to the leadership of that church. It puts us in the vulnerable position of letting someone else set the direction for a significant part of our life—our spiritual development—our relationship with God.
- How difficult is it for you to follow someone else’s leadership?
- How confident are you in the leadership of the congregation?
- To what degree are you committed to the movement of the congregation into the future?
Pray for a heart willing to follow. Ask God to guide our leaders. Commit to being a good follower