And the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, the days approach when you must die. Call Joshua and present yourselves in the tent of meeting, that I may commission him.” And Moses and Joshua went and presented themselves in the tent of meeting. And the LORD appeared in the tent in a pillar of cloud. And the pillar of cloud stood over the entrance of the tent.
And the LORD commissioned Joshua the son of Nun and said, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall bring the people of Israel into the land that I swore to give them. I will be with you.”
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
—Deuteronomy 31:14-15, 23; 34:9
by: Jerry Johnson.
How do we judge whether or not a ministry leader is successful? Is it based upon attendance, the size of the offerings, the beauty of the building, the number of programs, or the charisma of the leader and their team members? According to this section of Deuteronomy that describes the succession from Moses to Joshua, three things are essential. The Lord must commission him or her and the Lord must be present in his or her life. The leader must also have a spirit of wisdom from seeking God’s guidance through prayer that demonstrates Christ is at the absolute center of his or her life.