Greetings Fellow Journeyers,
It has been awhile since the pastors have blogged about our shared Journey. I apologize for that – it isn’t that we have fallen off the road, or don’t think the scriptures and our shared journey isn’t important, life sometimes just gets busy… Speaking of which? How are you doing on the Journey? If you are following along, and allowing the Lord to speak to you through his word, let this be a word of affirmation and encouragement to you. If you have fallen off, got side-tracked, or just got out of the habit, then let this be an encouragement for you to begin again – particularly as we begin a new book together – the book of Joshua. So much of the Christian life – whether it is prayer, study, loving acts, is simply about beginning again. So, lace up your shoes – and let’s go for a walk together
Now… Who is the Greatest Leader Ever?
I believe a pretty strong case could be made for Moses getting the nod for this title. As we close our Journey through the Pentateuch (the first 5 books of the Bible), Deuteronomy 34 provides a pretty good case for…
Why He Was The Greatest Leader Ever…
1) The Bible Teaches it. Notice what it says in Deuteronomy 34:10, Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. This passage teaches that there was no one like Moses – No one who had as close a relationship with God as Moses did. Deuteronomy describes it as a relationship that was face to face – meaning intimate, and Moses heard the Lord’s voice with an unparalleled clarity.
2) Moses Finished Strong! Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone (v. 7). Many great leaders burn out or fade away. Moses stayed strong and faithful to the Lord to the end!
3) Moses Had a Succession plan. Many leaders are too threatened or power hungry to share or pass the leadership baton to the next generation. Not Moses – Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him (v. 9). Moses intentionally raised up and blessed Joshua to take the reins of leadership. One of the greatest leaders I had the privilege of working with was Harold Korver – a great man of God who raised up hundreds of leaders in our denomination. The first time I met with him, he said, “My hope for you Dave is that you outshine me in ministry.” That is great, unthreatened leadership.
4) He let God use him in mighty ways! For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel” (v. 12). No matter how crazy it sounded (think: parting the red sea, water from a rock, 10 plagues, etc), Moses followed God and obeyed.
5) Finally and most importantly, Moses was Humble. For this we need to look outside of Deuternomy 34, but humility was a consistent mark of his leadership. Numbers 12 says, “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” While he was the arguably the Greatest leader, he was also the most humble person on the face of the planet. Even today this is recognized as a critical quality of leadership. In his landmark book: Good to Great Business Leadership guru Jim Collins describes level 5 leadership (the rarest and the best worldwide leaders) as one “who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will. “ Moses was a level 5 Leader!
Friends, if you want to be a great leader, in your home, school, workplace, sports team, or whatever platform God gives you to lead, take some cues from Moses: Stay close to God, Finish Strong, raise up leaders behind you, let God use you, and stay humble!