Moses died and God chose Joshua to lead the children of Israel. He then instructed him on what he would need to live out this new responsibility.
Today in 2020, we face a vast problem. We are lacking in young spiritual leaders to take the charge of the church and the Great Commission. Our nation holds thousands of churches who are either struggling to survive or are closing their doors permanently. On a more grave note, this earth holds billions of hell-bound souls, most of which have little hope of ever hearing Christ and His gospel.
The real issue isn’t the church, for it is triumphant under Christ as long as it obeys the Bible.
It isn’t God, for He is powerful as He has always been.
It isn’t sinners, for we are sinful as we’ve always been.
The issue is the lack of young spiritual leadership.
This generation needs to say, ‘’Evangelizing the world is my responsibility and I will go. Edifying the church is my responsibility and I will lead.’’
If we indeed receive these workers, they, like Joshua, will need a charge. What does this charge look like?
KNOW THAT GOD IS THE SAME GOD
There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Joshua 1:5
Young person, you need to know that God is no lesser a God to you than He was for the last generation. He is God supreme! He has not changed.
Why not dream big and trust God? Decide that God wants to do mighty things through you.
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS
Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:6-7, 9
Strength and courage are traits that our generation has mismanaged! The world says that these traits are nothing more than toxic masculinity. But God didn’t seem to think so.
The words ”to be strong” mean ”to have the ability to stand up under stress and problems.” If you want to lead in the next generation, you need to continue through the tough stuff!
This life is FULL of trails. When the health issue comes, be strong. When the pandemic happens, be strong. When someone does you wrong, be strong, and continue on.
Then there is this matter of courage. This word means ‘’strength amidst danger.’’ We are in a Spiritual battle, and there are many dangers. Some are seen and many are unseen. You will not make it without the courage to decide that you will face these dangers.
LOVE GOD’S WORD
Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:7-8
For you to be a next-generation spiritual leader, you will need knowledge, love, memorization, and preaching of the Bible. If you will be a leader, you must be willing to learn and apply the Word of God to your life.
Let’s be a people of the book.
In conclusion: We need Spiritual leaders! Why not you? You can love the Bible. You can have strength and courage. BECAUSE OUR GOD IS YOUR GOD! Now the only thing we lack is your surrender! Will you be a spiritual leader for the next generation?