Like Moses, Joshua has called the assembly for his final thoughts. The years have passed so quickly. Now Joshua is old and stricken in age. He alludes every accomplishments to God’s help. He then reviews what has been accomplished and what is left. If we take a deep look of Joshua’s life, we can summarize his season of leadership into four patterns. These would be: his vision, his trust as a leader, his executive strategy and his ability to coach others. Those sub heads are not original to me. They are adapted from Franklyn Covey’s framework for successful leaders. Today, Joshua ends with a speech. His vision created change. From crossing the Jordan to settling down. He turned a nomadic people into a nation of Israel. People trusted him. He demonstrated credibility by his actions and character. In his strategy, he ” Consistently achieved results with and through others using disciplined processes.” He unleashed a new generation of leaders and even encouraged old ones like Caleb. He would make a whole write up. What about you? What will history record of your doings in the eve of your meeting? This discourse is a reminder of the one of Jesus in John 13-17. Going through this will demand more space. Read that up. May the closing statements of your leadership be as beautiful as this. God is still working with you.
And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age: and ye have seen all that the LORD your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the LORD your God is he that hath fought for you. Joshua 23:2-3 KJV