Daily Devotional

SELFLESS LEADERS

“When they had made an end of dividing the land as an inheritance according to their borders, the children of Israel gave an inheritance among them to Joshua the son of Nun”. Joshua 19:49

 

 

 

In a recent trip on ministerial duties, one of the men in our church accompanied me. Discussions soon focused on people who have the responsibility to govern the land. He informed me of how the caretaker Chairman of a local government was reluctant to pay workers’ salaries. I was so sure that the Chairman would have no delay whatsoever in paying his salaries as well as any allowance. This is not an isolated case; it is typical of the type of people we have in power at all levels of government.

 

In Joshua we see a different type of leadership. From when he took over from Moses, he focused on his assignment to possess the land and distribute it by lot among the children of Israel. He did not try to appropriate anything for himself. Our text reveals that it was after everyone got their inheritance that the children of Israel turned round to give him an inheritance out of their portion. The next verse gives us the exact location of the land given to him; it was in Timnath-Serah in Mount Ephraim. The word “Timnath” is interesting; it means that which remains. A good leader may be first in service, but he waits to be served out of only what remains. Turning this biblical principle of leadership on its head is what has almost destroyed our nation. We need selfless leaders after the order of Joshua.

 

FURTHER STUDY: EXODUS 18:13-21 

PRAYER: Lord, bless us with selfless leaders for the healing of our nation.