Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.
One of Israel’s greatest leaders in the Bible was Moses. He is constantly credited with being the one called by God to lead the people out of slavery. This honor is rightly given; but another leader is also worthy of honor: Joshua.
You see, Moses was the man who served as a prince of Egypt. Moses served as the leader of the people as they traveled to Mt. Sinai and crossed the Red Sea. After that, though, Moses’ life in leadership takes a turn for the worse. Moses’ life ended with him as the leader of a wandering people who had not achieved their promise. Further, Moses would never lead his people into their promise because of his sin!
In Deuteronomy chapter 31, Moses is getting ready to “retire” from leadership. This was a very scary time for the people of Israel because Moses’ leadership was all they had known for 40 years, since the time when they were in slavery. Now a new guy, Joshua, is going to come in, and Moses’ final words to the people was that they should not be afraid because the Lord was going to be with them and not forsake them.
Joshua not only was a leader of Israel but he had an entire book of the Bible dedicated to his name. Joshua was the leader of Israel who led God’s people into the Promised Land. He was the man who commanded God’s people in God’s name, acted as God’s messenger, and conquered those living in the Promised Land in God’s name. God came through for them in the person of Joshua. Joshua honored God and led His people to victory.
Many of us get comfortable with our stuff. We have our routines and we like what we have, but God has more for us. He has a promise for each of us to move into, but to get there we must be willing to give up that with which we are comfortable. It is only then that we can begin to prepare to be who He wants us to be.
Apostle: A person who acts out what God has put into them.
Prophet: A person who is the mouthpiece of God.
Evangelist: A person who shares the gospel (good news) of Jesus with those who do not yet believe.
Pastor: Someone who cares for those who are saved and for those who are not saved yet.
Teacher: A person who trains the apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors so that they can become all that God wants them to be.
You should see yourself in one of these roles. What is God calling you to be? For what is He preparing you? What must you give up to achieve it? Listen to God’s gentle whispers to learn what He has planned for you.