Israel: Second Republic … PT 4

Joshua 1:6 … Thou shalt divide

Division of labour

Joshua 1:6  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.

Joshua 3

If you read this verse again, paying attention to the various persons in the statement, you will find that each person had a part to play; God made the promise but Joshua was tasked with dividing the land to the people. Looking at in sequence, we would notice that the eventual occupation of the promised land was due to a chain reaction of several people doing their part and giving glory to God for helping them fulfill their own task.


Right there is the lesson I am drawing from this verse at this time – specific task assignment. God does not call people to work without stating clearly what the mission is and assigning specific tasks to people; He always tells them what to do. If He doesn’t, who will?


I find people, many times, who complain that someone is giving them orders and telling them what to do, even when that someone is the team leader. The complaint usually borders on not being allowed creative input into the work of the team. But looking at this verse, with God being the team leader here, no one else can decide what the team should pursue and who on the team should take on certain tasks apart from the leader. The assigned persons may exercise creativity in how they get their tasks done but you cannot be part of a team if you cannot be told what to do. Neither should leaders feel the need to apologize for assigning people tasks; it’s just the way it has to be. Imagine if God had to beg people to accept tasks.


You don’t have to be the one calling the shots to be relevant to your team or even attain greatness. Greatness and excellence are not titles; they are personal qualities that anyone can attain, no matter their station in the team.
To wit, I would gladly recommend this book by John C. Maxwell.


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