Joshua approached the city of Jericho, he looked up and saw a man facing him with sword in hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you friend or foe?”
“Neither one,” he replied. “I am commander of the LORD‘s army.” At this, Joshua fell with his face to the ground in reverence. “I am at your command,” Joshua said. “What do you want your servant to do?”
The commander of the LORD‘s army replied, “Take off your sandals, for this is holy ground.” And Joshua did as he was told.
Joshua 5:13-15 NLT
Leadership: Joshua Style. Joshua was Moses’ successor after Moses went home to the Lord. He was the one who was set apart by God to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River. And Joshua would be called to lead the people to to conquer the land God was giving to them.
As Joshua prepares to go into battle, he sees a man with a sword. Joshua takes a courageous stand and approaches him to see if he is there to oppose the Israelites or join them as an ally.
There are many people in our culture today who want to be leaders. Leaders like Joshua; who fight amazing battles and who have amazing victories. But before Joshua learned to be a great leader; he learned to be a great follower. Joshua was not simply Moses’ successor. He was Moses’ understudy. He followed Moses with faithfulness and courage and humility. And in this passage, as Joshua gets ready to lead in battle, he follows the orders of one who is greater than he.
Can we say that? Are we learning to be great leaders by first learning to be great followers? Come Sunday and we will look at what it means to be leaders: Joshua style.