Joshua 24:15

Joshua 24:15

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Recently I heard Donnie Smith, former CEO of Tyson Chicken, speaking at a Men’s Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. His message compared leadership in the corporate world and leadership found in Scripture. His question, “What does a servant-leader look like?” In his presentation, Donnie Smith observed three aspects of a servant-leader:

  1. The HEART of a servant-leader (What do they care about?)
  2. The HEAD of a servant-leader (What do they think about?)
  3. The HABITS of a servant-leader (What are the daily habits they live by?)

One of the characteristics discussed in the heart of a servant-leader is they are principled. They live by certain principles and will not compromise those principles for anything. Donnie Smith told of his three that he lives by:

  1. I will be a person of integrity
  2. I am going to be faithful to GOD, to my wife and to my family
  3. I am going to be generous

Joshua was a servant-leader. He followed his mentor and leader, Moses. In the passage noted above, Joshua declared a principle that would not be compromised in his life; both he and his household would serve the LORD GOD. In our lives no greater decision can be made for our self and our family than to declare, “We will serve the LORD GOD!” It doesn’t matter what anybody else is doing, I declare that my family will serve the LORD GOD.

As we begin this month of strengthening our families, I challenge you to begin with this declaration today, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD GOD!”

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