The 5 Leadership Lessons From Moses (Part 4)

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The 5 Leadership Lessons From Moses (Part 4)

Exodus 33:11

“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.”

The Old Testament character Moses was a simple man whom was thrusted into a position of leadership without the luxury of mentorship or a training program. There are a few things that Moses had to learn the hard way in his journey to lead God’s people. In this series we will see some of the leadership lessons that Moses learned and see how they apply to our lives as we walk with The Lord today. Join us as we learn leadership lessons from Moses.

Today we will discuss the second leadership tenant and how Moses used this skill.

IV. The Principle Of Preparing Your Replacement

We see in our text that Moses was drawing closer to God and becoming less connected to the people. I believe that Moses was getting ready to get promoted to a higher position. We see that he became closer to God and more withdrawn from the people. The position that Moses held was no longer something that he desired to have, I believe, and therefore needed someone to step up as Moses moves on. We see that Joshua, the son of Nun, had taken the initiative to step up and follow the man of God as he followed God. So Moses selected his successor and began the 40 year training program. As we look into the text we can gain advice in preparing our replacement. 

A. Your Replacement Must Have A Natural Desire To Serve Without Being Prompted – In the preceding texts and verses, there is no mention of Joshua being asked by Moses to join him in serving the Lord or being his right hand man. Joshua, from all accounts, volunteered to follow Moses. I believe that Joshua was commissioned by the Lord to serve, in his heart, way before he was commissioned by Moses. We see that absolutely no one asked Joshua to join Moses on the mountain when he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. However, because Joshua served the Lord faithfully and served Moses fervently, he was allowed to get closer to the presence of God when no other man could. Joshua volunteered to serve the Lord with Moses and God promoted him in the presence of the assembly. Do you follow the appointed leader without being asked to follow? Are you sincerely seeking to follow the Master? 

B. Your Replacement Must Have An Extensive Training Program – Moses trained Joshua for over 40 years before he was given the reins as the anointed leader of Israel. He also had progressively increasing responsibilities as he served Moses. In your quest as a leader, you must give your maturing leader an opportunity to thrive and lead others. I believe that Moses did so with Joshua. In fact we see that Joshua was one of two of the spies that was allowed to live and cross over into the Promised Land. What type of training and development programs do you provide for your upcoming leaders?

Without going through a ton of long drawn out details, a leader must be allowed to lead but must themselves be supervised as they follow their leader. This system of checks and balances is what keeps the upcoming leader honest and the supervising leader from becoming complacent. As a leader we must set the example and enforce the standard that we recognize and follow. When we persuade others to follow us this simple act is called leadership. There are many styles but the goal is to convince another person of the benefits of following you. One question: Why do people follow you? Do they even want to follow you? In tomorrow’s devotional we will complete the series with the final principle of leadership from Moses. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 


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